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Preparing Kids for Going Back to School

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?

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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 Diana from Prospect, KY

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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.

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Buy Quality Backpacks For School. 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. . .

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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.

Photo of a child getting ready for school.

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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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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?

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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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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.

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