9 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right!

September 22, 2017

Back-to-school season has come and gone, but you might still find your family feeling a bit in between when it comes to getting on a set schedule. If your kids are having trouble sticking to a routine, getting their work done or finding time for all of those extracurriculars, these smart tips might help.

  1. Create a calendar. Instead of committing things like doctors appointments, practices and rehearsals to memory, get them on a physical calendar that everyone in the home can see.
  2. Eat healthy. It may be difficult to sit down together for a meal some nights, but making sure that your whole family is eating healthy will help everyone to feel more energized, concentrate in school and get a restful night's sleep.
  3. Communicate with each other. Staying connected will help you to learn how your family members are feeling, if the kids are stressed out and avoid confrontation.
  4. Lay out clothes ahead of time. Avoid the morning rush by laying out outfits, backpacks and other school supplies the night before.
  5. Stay social. Keep kids happy and healthy by planning regular play dates with their new school friends.
  6. Get them engaged. If your kids aren't very outgoing, joining a club or extracurricular activity may help them to make new friends.
  7. Talk to their teachers. Forge a relationship with your kids' teachers to stay in-the-know about their study habits and social skills.
  8. Get to bed early. A full night's sleep is important for everyone in the family, from the oldest to the youngest.
  9. Have fun! While it may seem overwhelming at times, it really helps to plan a fun family activity or a movie night to keep things lighthearted and fun.

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