The summer has quickly passed us by and maybe you or someone you know is anticipating the start of school. After an indulgent few months of beach trips, picnics and lazy days, it’s time to start packing lunches, checking homework, and attending PTA meetings. This can be a crazy time of year for both parents and children. Here are some helpful tips to smoothly transition your family back into the school year.
- Attend your child’s Open House/Orientation. So many times parents try to get ahead of the game and complete school shopping before they know what the requirements are for the school year. Big mistake!!! School districts use the summer months to re-evaluate dress codes, supply lists and academic needs. Attend the Orientation and then do your shopping. You will save yourself a lot of headaches and money if you do!
- Get physical! Schedule those yearly doctors’ appointments early. Make sure your children are in great shape, both physically and mentally, for the challenging school year ahead. And don’t forget about immunizations. Check with your school to make sure your child is up-to-date!
- Get back on schedule. Your family enjoyed the freedom to
eat, sleep and play all summer long. But, it’s time to get back on schedule for the school year. Start getting your family back to the normal schedule at least two weeks before school starts. That first week of school is hectic. An established schedule will make it much easier for everyone.
- Shop away! Once you have attended the School Orientation take those lists and start shopping. The first day of school is all about making a great first impression. Check out your child’s favorite magazines to see what’s trending in school wear this year. Help them look their best!
- Get that skin in order! We all know teenage skin problems can reduce self-esteem. Schedule an appointment for a facial and send your teen to school looking and feeling great! Or better yet, let us help by customizing a program for you and your teen!
- Mark your calendar. Carefully read all the forms the school provides so you know what is expected of you and your child this year. Post important dates on the family calendar hanging in the kitchen or other common area. The best way to start this school year is by being prepared and being aware of school events.
- Spend time with your family. If you manage your time efficiently, you can have all the shopping and other important tasks completed before the start of school approaches. Gather your family on that last free weekend and enjoy a picnic in the park. Let the kids pick out their favorite movie for a movie and popcorn night. Whatever the activity may be, spend a day reveling in your family. Frenzied days of homework assignments, science projects and ball games are ahead!
And finally, make time for you! After taking care of everyone else, make an appointment for a relaxing spa treatment!