Back to School Tips

  • Review schedules with children including wake up and evening bedtimes, bus or carpool times, when parents will be home, who will be caring for child before and after school
  • Review rules for crossing street, answering telephone, arriving at and staying at home alone, who is permitted in home when parent is not there – and PRACTICE
  • Review bus safety or carpool line rules
  • Visit school, and child care provider if new to child, beforehand to help child feel familiar
  • Make signs together to post that list important phone numbers such as parents’ work, friends and neighbors, 911; also child’s phone number and address
  • Make list of tasks to be completed after school and/or homework schedule
  • Review entertainment options: is TV allowed and how much and which shows? How about computer access – which games can be played, etc. Discuss consequences for noncompliance
  • Practice preparing snacks
  • Get into morning and evening routine now to help child be ready for first day of school
  • Put together everything you need for the morning as you prepare for bed the night before (including making lunch?) – mornings will go much smoother
  • Talk with child about what school will be like, anticipating and acknowledging some of the changes, whether this is the first day of kindergarten, third grade, middle school or high school – hopefully building some enthusiasm for the coming year

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