National Back to School Month
Every August kids, parents and teachers across the state gear up for the new school year. While teachers are designing their lesson plans and classroom layouts, parents and children flock to local stores to purchase school supplies. While back to school time can be exciting, it can also be quite stressful! Below we have some tips for beating the back to school craze:
- Don’t play into the craze of “back to school shopping.” It can be tempting to buy the latest and greatest school supplies, as well as a brand-new fall wardrobe. Try to reuse or repurpose supplies and clothes that are still in working order. If you find that there are still items needed, try to purchase them after the back to school rush so that you can get them on sale, and save yourself from the crowds.
- Get your sleep schedule on track. Ever feel completely unprepared and exhausted when that first early morning alarm goes off? Start going to bed earlier about a week before the first day of school so that you are already in the routine. If you are making a big change to your sleep schedule, try adjusting it in 30-minute increments instead of all at once.
- Eliminate the morning rush. Try to avoid running around each morning by doing everything you can the night before. Have lunches packed, outfits picked out, and backpacks ready to go for the morning. For kids who are old enough, this is a great way for them to learn organization and responsibility. If you want to go a step further, try doing bake-ahead egg dishes for breakfast- they are healthy and a huge time- saver!
Back to school time is hectic for everyone, but with some planning and organization, you can save yourself weeks of stress!