Summer Bliss to School Ready: How to Use the Last Days of Summer to Ease the Back-to-School Transition by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP
If you still have a little summer left, take advantage of the dog days to get your family in school shape before the first day. Here’s how:
- Transition to an earlier bedtime. Work toward a sleep schedule that allows eight hours for teens and nine for elementary aged kids, and still gets them to school on time.
- Make a family calendar. Lay out sports practices, rehearsals, work schedules, vacations and other time commitments on a shared calendar to help your kids visualize the fall.
- Stock up. Take time to replenish the things that get used up, lost or broken once chaos sets in, like water bottles, socks and sunscreen.
- Catch up on appointments. Annual primary care from your nurse practitioner, dentist and/or eye appointments are easily forgotten during the school year, so knock them out while everyone is home.
- Wrap up loose ends. From summer reading to dancing barefoot in the rain, spend some time helping your kids accomplish their summer goals before they head back to the grind.
School can sneak up on even the most organized families, but you still have time to prepare. Enlist your bored kids to help ease the transition and start the school year off right!
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