Back To School Parenting Tips

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Your children have either gone back to school or will start very soon. After a summer of late mornings, not so strict bedtimes and carefree afternoons, it may be hard getting back into the swing of school. A few easy tips:

  1. Adjust bedtimes – While your child is getting used to getting up earlier, be sure to have him go to bed earlier even if it’s only 10 minutes. Increase that time every night even on weekends so that within a week you are back to school night bedtimes.
  2. De-clutter study spaces – It’s hard to focus if your child’s desk or study area is full of clutter and remnants of the summer. Be sure to clear off her study area. This will serve as a visual prop that something different is happening and it will help her focus on her studies and not her crafts from summer camp.
  3. Celebrate – Cook your child’s favorite dinner the night before school or the night of his first day of school. Let him know that education is a gift to celebrate!

Don’t forget the little brother or sister who is left behind. Play school by reading a book together, counting, drawing letters, etc. to help him or her understand what big brother or sister is doing all day. End your playtime with a cuddle and say how glad you are that he or she is still home for middle-of-the-day cuddles!

What back to school tips do you have?

10 Responses to “Back To School Parenting Tips”

  1. Rachel Travis August 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    THANK YOU!! 🙂 I am a new mom (foster mom) to a 7 year old and all this advice is SO helpful


  2. Melissa Palmer August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    These are great reminders. Thanks!!

  3. Heather Forseth Grant September 1, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    I have a tradition for my kids: On the first and last days of school, I make chocolate no bake cookies for my 3 children….and ALL of the school age kids in my neighborhood. They all look forward to 1st day of school cookies:-)

  4. Lauren G September 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Love the reminder to celebrate starting school and make it a happy event for the kids.

  5. Amber Porter September 2, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Yes it’s so hard getting my kids back to a regular scheduled bed time for school, thanks for the tips.

  6. Ruth September 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Don’t forget the 1st morning back to school pictures. I always took them at the house & the bus stop. I always make sure to include the children still at home in the pictures. The pics at home work even when the get embarrassed with you taking them at the bus stop.

  7. Karen Farrow September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Trying so hard right now to get my kids on the ‘back to school’ schedule.

  8. Ann B. September 10, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Always make sure the kids eat something….anything…before they go off to school. It’s so important to keep their brains active and focused.

  9. Jeanine September 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    This advice is helpful especially for my oldest grandson who loves to stay up late

  10. Caitlin A. November 13, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    As a teacher, it becomes so evident which children are being given extra help and support at home. I commend those parents because, like anything in life, if you don’t practice what you learn, it is very difficult to become successful.