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Preparing Kids for Going Back to School

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When Summer starts coming to an end, it's time to get the kids ready for going back to school. Shopping for clothes, school supplies and getting rid of old items are all on the agenda. This is a guide about preparing kids for going back to school.


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April 26, 2010

My children participate in school team sports which require an up to date physical to be on file with the school to participate in practices and meets. Our insurance requires a physical no earlier than 366 days after the last one. Doctor appointments can be hard to come by near the end of summer. What's a mom to do?

I schedule my child's physical prior to the end of the school year to be assured I get an appointment so minimize not having a current physical on file. Schedule your child's school physical for the middle of summer if possible so your schedule will not be as hectic as it is near the start of school.

Be sure to tell the physician you need a completed school physical form and take it with you when you leave their office. Make extra copies of this so if the school cannot locate their copy at any time you can produce a current copy avoiding unnecessary calls or visits to the physicians office.


By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

Great advice, however, I would like to add to it. Some school districts require dental exams for children entering kindergarten, 5th grade, and freshman year of high school. As a retired dental assistant who worked for a pedodontist (a pediatric dentist) I would urge parents to schedule those exams now also. The most recent dental exam cannot be anymore than 6 months ago. People get busy and don't realize how much and how quickly time passes and before they know it it's time for back to school and most drs. and dentists get backlogged with people trying to get their kids in for the necessary exams.

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August 25, 2009

My mother always started having us go to bed at "school night" times about 2 weeks before it started and getting up at "school morning" times. Then she'd have us write a short paper (usually only one page) to get our minds on track. The rest of the day would be regular summer things, but bed time, wake up time, and the short paper got us started in the school thoughts.

By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC

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August 27, 20090 found this helpful

Your mom sounds like a peach. I'm sure your teachers appreciated the support from home.

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August 25, 2006

I highly suggest buying backpacks at L L Bean. The quality is really good and the price is not bad either. My kids get at least 2 years out of one of their backpacks. They have nice styles and colors/patterns to choose from and also in different sizes to fit the size of your child. You can also have it monogrammed with your child's name or initials. I pay with an LL Bean Visa but I have one to use JUST with them as it entitles me to not only free monogramming but also free shipping. I buy online so it's very easy and their service is very fast.


By Debbie from IL

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September 2, 20060 found this helpful

I figured someone would write in regards to me saying I get my kids names put on their backpacks. Well our kids are in Spec Ed and always supervised going to and from school and such. They are only with their backpacks for I am not worried about their names being on them and it really helps on the bus and at school to keep the right backpacks with my children.

Of course if you would be concerned about having your child's name on the backpack, then just have initials instead!

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August 23, 2007

Photo of a child getting ready for school.

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Here are some tips for getting kids ready for back to school. Start putting the kids to bed earlier every night so that by the time school starts they are used to a school time bedtime.


June 12, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a nerd and have my own handbook for tips for school. Well here are some tips for the kids if they are nervous. Dress comfortably. Be prepared. Get your stuff out the night before...

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September 1, 2006

My daughter is a senior in high school, a tech H.S. She has a co-op program this year. She'll be working every other week in an office. She's not one for frilly girl clothes. . .

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August 9, 2011

My kids are heading back to school soon. Does anyone have any tips on how to get everyone up and out in the mornings?

By Ellie

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful
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Probably the most important thing is making sure they are getting enough sleep. My girls need 10 hours of sleep each night. I know it sounds like a lot, but it is normal for children to need that much. It is so hard to get that much sleep when school is in session, but it does pay off.

Children 3 - 6 years old need 10-12 hours of sleep per day.

Children 7 - 12 years old need 10-11 hours of sleep.

Children 13 - 18 need 8-9 hours a day (although this varies greatly. Some need much more and some need less. These are general guidelines.)

I agree with Packlestax that the best thing for a peaceful morning is to get as much ready the night before as possible. I pack a lunch for my husband to take for work. I do that while I am cleaning up supper. Lunches for the children could be made at the same time. Things can get very hectic after supper with all the things that need to get done.

If you could shift some things to after school gets out, it would be worth it. Then you could spend some time relaxing before bed time. For example, when your child gets home from school, you could have him/her go through their backpack to get all assignments and parent notes out and pick out their outfit for the next day. Then after a snack and short break, they could work on their home work.

I hope you find this helpful.

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

For us, using an alarm (rather than me waking her) seems to help a little. She can't argue with the alarm. We try to remember to lay her clothes out the night before. And, when she's been really uncooperative and didn't get herself completely ready, I've let her go to school with un-brushed hair. I figure if she doesn't like going to school with crazy looking hair, she'll learn that she needs to get moving in the mornings.

When she was very cranky and didn't want anything I offered her for breakfast, I let her go to school without eating anything. Of course, she complained that she was hungry, but I told her she'd really enjoy having lunch. The next day she ate what I offered. I'm trying to teach her that there are consequences for her behavior and choices.

I have tried scooting her bedtime earlier when she seems very tired in the morning. This helped some. But she's just not a morning person, so it's hard to get her moving no matter what.

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

When it comes to getting everyone up and out in the mornings here are some of my favorite tips and ideas after asking myself "How long does each family member realistically need to get ready?"

*Set up individual wake-up times so everyone has sufficient time to get up and out. I personally add an extra ten minutes to ensure we can handle the unexpected without being late.

*Make sure every room in your home has a clock so everyone can stay on top of the time. (It doesn't have to be an expensive one - a battery operated clock from a dollar store will work fine.)

*To increase efficiency, use a timer to monitor things like shower length or time spent in front of the bathroom mirror.

*Set up personal grooming space in everyone's bedrooms.

*Give a ten minute warning before it's time to leave.

Hope the above ideas help.

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August 11, 20110 found this helpful

I am a mother/grandmother. My best advice that I can give is to get everything ready the night before. The baths, clothes picked out, backpacks packed, lunches packed and left in refrigerator or lunch money packed in backpack, homework done and in backpack. Then set their clocks. It helps to have the preparation done and they can get up and going without the hastle of deciding what to wear/packing homework/lunches, etc. Gives a little more time for them to have a quick breakfast also.

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

I ask each of my kids how much time they think they need in the morning, add 10 minutes, and have them set alarm clocks for that time. I also call the house when I get to the office (single mom) to be sure everyone is up and moving.

I'm going to pre-make breakfast burritos for my son - scrambled eggs, cheese and tortilla - so he'll have quick protein to move on in the morning, and lunch will be made the evening before. The challenge will be for him to look in the fridge and take his lunch out.

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June 24, 2008

Keep a close watch on your Sunday ads AND the coupons online you can print and use. If you are someone who does not want to purchase ink for your printer, remember that many local libraries will allow you to use a computer and print out what you want for 10 cents a page or so.

To help you get a head start, be sure to access below for incredible deals, coupons,etc. With gas prices as they are you really need to help yourself to all discounts possible and there's your gas money!

Also, watch Ebay and Amazon for deals on things your family needs. Don't wait for the last minute sales. The prices are out there that you want. It's just a bit of searching to make it happen!

List your kids clothing that are still in excellent condition on ebay to get extra cash towards this years wardrobe! Speaking of last years wardrobe, find your child's favorites that might still fit and incorporate them with a new item to give a new look your child will be comfy with!

Have a wonderful back to school season by planning ahead now!

By Lynn from Wildwood, Fl

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