Here are a few tips to help you get back into the swing of things a bit more smoothly.
1. Reestablish mealtime / bedtime schedules
You may have been a bit lax during the summer about when your children went to bed and what time they ate, but the key to your child's success at school is dependent on getting plenty of sleep and proper nutrition.
2. Designate a place to do homework
Make sure your child has ample workspace to complete their homework. Proper lighting is important, as is having a quiet place to study.
3. Shut off electronics
When school is in session, and even on breaks, limit your child's use of electronics. During the summer it's easy to let your child play video games and watch TV a little longer or more frequently. Start cutting back now so the transition won't be a total shock for your child.
4. Good physical and mental health
Scheduling physician visits, eye exams, and dental checkups early in the school year is a great way to help you remember when your child's last check up was.
5. Buy school supplies / clothes early
You don't need to spend a lot of money getting back to school supplies and attire, but know that the closer it gets to the start of school, the less options you'll have.
All in all the start of school can be an exciting time to change things up and get focused again. It can also be a stressful and rushed time of year, but with a little effort and planning, you'll ace the start of the school year. No problem.