Back to School season is a time of the year every parent’s scheduling and planning skills are put to the test. From participating in the crazy tax-free weekend, shopping for school supplies to scheduling the kids’ transportation and care, it’s a month full of stress, confusion, anxiety and everything in between. However, there are some few hacks and secrets out there for parents to use and adopt into their weekly routine to make the summer-to-school transition a lot easier and smoother.
Plan, Plan, Plan
If you are a parent who already loves to plan and have a personal planner, go ahead and jot down all the key dates for the whole academic school year. Award ceremonies, open house, parent and teacher nights, PTA meetings, projects and other events. Go ahead and purchase a new separate planner, if needed, and use it to plan specifically towards your children’s school calendar.
Communication is Key
Communication is a two-way street. Keep the conversation going with both their children and the school staff. Get to know the teachers and set up a bi-weekly meeting with them to discuss your child’s progress, status, or any upcoming events or programs that will be happening. This way, you are always in the loop of what’s going on and get consistent updates on your child’s behavior and school development.
Get Reliable Before and After-School Care
Working parents can relate to the panic and stress of scheduling when to pick up their kid from school without missing a project’s deadline or the mandatory staff meeting. Use a service agency such as Trusting Connections, a nanny and sitter agency, can help provide consistent and reliable care 24/7, 365 days a year. No more worries on fighting to beat the traffic to get your kids to gymnastics or football practice on time! With the help of a sitter agency, a consistent nanny can be scheduled around the family’s agenda to ensure that the kids will never be late to school or after-school practice ever again!
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Have an Emergency Plan
Kids are adventurous and energetic, and that means a bump in the head and a few trips and falls are bound to happen. Monkey bars and swings aren’t made from cotton so make sure you have an Emergency Plan set in mind. Give the school a reliable emergency contact number in case you can’t be reached. Have your kid’s hospital or doctor number on speed dial. Map out the fastest way from your work to your kid’s school and hospital and save it on your phone. Having an Emergency Plan can save parents significant time.
Prep, Prep, Prep
Similar to planning, you want to make sure the kids get fed before heading off to school and be full after coming home. Make your mornings a little bit less crazy and hectic by prepping your kids’ meals the night before. Pack healthy and easy-to-make lunches and snacks like apple slices, grapes, carrots, celery, and sandwiches. Another prep tip is to have them pick out their wardrobe the night before, so you don’t have to go through the “what to wear” debacle in the morning. If you have bought new footwear for the kiddos, here’s a neat trick to help to break them in: Take a ziplock bag and filled it with water. Place them inside the shoe and then place the shoes in the freezer for three to four hours to stretch them out. That way, your kid’s feet comfortable and blister free!
Hopefully, these tips can help parents be a bit more relaxed and composed following the busy school year that has recently or will soon arrive.