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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
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
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
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...
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. So basically she owns comfortable jeans, etc. Well we had to shop at a frugal price for a week's worth of executive clothes. Oh I forgot, she's also a plus size.
Never the less, I didn't want to hit the malls at this time with their prices. Hubby wanted to stay around the house. So off we go to Walmart which I didn't think we'd get much and I was right, 2 pairs of pants, 2 tops and 6 bras.
Down the street and around the corner was another plaza which happen to have a Marshall's. Oh well, might as well give it a try maybe we'll find a couple more outfits to start then that'll give us another 2 weeks to look. Guess what! She was so happy that the basket was filling like the stuff was for free. We walked out of there with 4 pairs of pants, 8 tops and a blazer. Yahoo!
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My kids are heading back to school soon. Does anyone have any tips on how to get everyone up and out in the mornings?
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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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