School’s out for summer, but we know that the school holidays never last forever. So, if you’re dreading the first day back at school, here are a few tips to help you and your children start the new semester on the right foot.

Start your new routine today

The first day back at school after a long and lazy summer (for the kids) is not the time to start a new routine. It’ll be such a shock to the system that it will not work.

Instead, get the kids (and yourself) used to the fact that you will have to start getting up much earlier that you’re used to. Start by setting their alarms to get them up in the morning in preparation for the big day.

Ease them into it; start by setting the alarm to a more sociable hour, and then, slowly, take it down to the right time.

Don’t forget about bedtime too, as the later they get to bed, the later they will get up. So, start getting strict with bedtime routines around the same time that you reintroduce the alarm clock.

It will set them in good stead for later in life too, having a good morning routine will be invaluable when they leave the nest for University and have to be in charge of waking themselves up in time for lectures and tutorials, they’ll soon be top of the class.

Communicate with each other

We’re all guilty of not communicating enough, and when it comes to our children, we could all do better.

Important events, such as the first day back at school can go much more smoothly if you just take the time to sit down and talk to one another before you start the preparations. These skills will carry on to the classroom environment too, whether at school, college or University then communication is vital, not only for interacting with their peers and making friends but in preparing for class discussions and presentations.

Make a shopping plan

Every child needs something new before the start of the new term; new uniform, new school shoes, new backpack, the list goes on.

Sit down and make a list of everything they need to start the new school year and then start planning your shopping trip down to the last detail. Write down the names of the stores that you need to visit, scope each store the night before (if you can) so you know where everything is.

You can then carry out this task with as much efficiency as possible because you know what you need, you know where it is and you are unwilling to compromise. You’ll be glad when it comes to the biggest back-to-school shop of all – the moving away to Uni shop, with a bit of planning it will go as smoothly as possible.

Get everything ready the night before

Once you’ve got everything your kids need, you’ve got them into a suitable post-summer routine, don’t fall at the last hurdle; get everything ready the night before.

Pack their lunches, get their uniforms pressed and hanging, ready, to be slipped into after breakfast. Have their bags ready and waiting at the door, next to their school shoes, so once they get to the front door, they are ready to go.

If your children are older, get them to help by packing their own lunch, backpack and polish their shoes. The skills that you teach them today will mean that they are self-sufficient by the time they go to university. Sending them off to university can be a daunting prospect, if you’re still concerned check out the university’s website, for example, http://www.aus.edu/ for lots of handy tips for what they can expect when they arrive.

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a battle; with a little bit of planning and cooperation, the first day back at school can go like a dream.

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