Going Back To School? Here Are The Best Tips For You!





Going Back To School? Here Are The Best Tips For You! Wondering what school supplies you need? Not sure return to your daily routine? Get organized for back to school with these top reader strategies. #backtoschool #parenting #teachers #students #routine #organizationI feel like a broken record, but I’m simply amazed at how quickly the summer has passed. I can hardly believe that classes start up in just a few weeks and that some of you are already back in session.

Where does the time go?🤷

As Gretchen Rubin accurately reminds us, “the days are long, but the years are short.”

While reading through my emails the other day, I discovered that I am not the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed by the beginning of the school year. I received an email from a fantastic busy-awesome reader named Caroline, who writes.

Hey Paula,

How are you? I’m writing with a question about going back to school.

I have a little boy in third grade, so I’ve done the back-to-school thing before. This year, however, my twins are also starting full-day kindergarten. (My little babies are growing up!)

To be honest, I thought this would feel like “old hat“ since I’ve done the back-to-school thing before. It turns out I was wrong. I’m feeling incredibly overwhelmed about getting all three kids ready at once, and I feel a bit frozen about where to start.

Do you have any tips for getting organized or helping the kids (and myself!! ) get ready for back-to-school?

Thank you!!
Caroline

Going Back To School? Here Are The Best Tips For You! Wondering what school supplies you need? Not sure return to your daily routine? Get organized for back to school with these top reader strategies. #backtoschool #parenting #teachers #students #routine #organization

Going Back To School? Here Are The Best Tips For You!

After reading Caroline’s questions, I realized they were perfect for an “Ask the Readers” post. I know many of you are parents and/or teachers, and I’m sure you’re filled with great suggestions to share.

So, what advice do you have, friends? Please share your words of wisdom!

  • How do you prepare for back-to-school?
  • What are your tips for transitioning back to a regular schedule?
  • How do you handle back-to-school shopping and supplies?

Share your advice below!

24 thoughts on “Going Back To School? Here Are The Best Tips For You!”

  1. The best tips I have are just to be as organized as possible. Have lunches packed the night before and clothes all picked out. Set up a family calendar (I love Google calendar).

  2. No advice as a parent I’m afraid because we homeschool. But as an ex teacher I guess just try to be organised, have the kids prepared and try not to worry! I love this idea of a readers questions and answers by the way!

    1. Excellent tips, Aditi. I love the suggestion about transitioning back to a sleep schedule. And great point about shopping via the school! Thanks 🙂

  3. My son is only just starting TK, so I don’t have a ton of experience in this world. Our bedtimes have stayed pretty consistent through the summer so I don’t really feel like I have to necessarily prepare for school to start.

  4. Thank goodness we are done with those days (for now anyways lol) I think the most important thing anyone can do to prepare themselves is to WRITE IT OUT when it comes to the meal plan for the week (including lunches). This will save time at the grocery store and frustration of trying to figure out last minute snack ideas for the lunch sack.

    1. Oh my gosh, YES! Meal planning and meal prep are life-savers when the busy season strikes up again.

  5. I’m a college student and blogger, so my experience on back to school for kids only extends so far as my nannying work, but I do have some tips I hope are helpful! Having children do brain engaging tasks and not letting them sit all day playing video games prevents them from dealing with the shock and horror of going back to school. Having them regularly interact with other kids their age prior to heading back to school is important in easing them back into long school days full of interpersonal connection. Sticking to a schedule that closely mirrors that which is followed during the school year is also super important to get them acclimated to how things are going to be for the upcoming school year. Go back to school shopping early to prevent the rush- and most always, you don’t have to actually buy every single thing on the list!

    1. Those are such EXCELLENT suggestions, Zahra! It sounds like you are a fantastic nanny 🙂 Thank you!

  6. For me, summer gets our bed TIME way out of wack and if we try to shove everyone right back to regular bed time things get even crazier. I gradually start waking them earlier and putting them to bed earlier in the weeks leading up to school to prevent that “year start” fatigue.

    1. Yes, summer is notorious for erratic bedtimes. Moving slowly back to school-year bedtime is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea! Thank you so much 🙂

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