Here are some areas to focus on for back to school prep:
1. Sleep schedule. A few days before school starts, ease their bed times and wake times back 15 minutes each day. This will help them to painlessly get used to a more school-friendly sleep schedule.
2. Daily schedule. Your children have probably grown accustomed to lower pressure schedules this summer. When school starts, having a schedule is critical. Make it all work by creating a schedule that your children can follow.
3. Chores. Everyone needs to pull their share of the load. Assign each of your children age-appropriate chores to do. Offer rewards for a job well done and give additional chores for non-compliance.
4. Planners. Get each of your children a planner and help them to get used to using it before school starts. The more familiar they are with their planner, the easier it will be for them to use it when classes and other activities get underway. They should track class schedules, homework schedules, sports and club schedules and even their chore routines. There are also a lot of apps for this. (You should be doing this too!)
5. Fitness. It goes without saying that your children need to move. Literally. Not only will their grades likely improve, but they will be less stressed.
Back to school prep doesn’t have to be difficult; it just takes a little planning. So demand a new standard of yourself and use these tips to plan before school season.