One of the best things that parents can do to get their kids ready for school is to set the morning alarms early once again. They might complain about waking up early but it’s better to get those body clocks reset when it doesn’t matter vs when everyone is making a mad dash to get out of the house and to school in time for that first bell. Here’s some more good advice to put into action for your back-to-school season:
Make an After-school Plan
This is important if there is a gap between when the parents come home and when the kids are let out of school. There are many after-school programs available to provide a safe place to fill in that gap. If you’re fortunate to be home with the kids, then it is important to provide them with a healthy snack before dinner and get them started on homework. Of course, if a kid is active in after-school programs like sports or drama, then this gap will always be filled.
Cut Back on TV & Video Games
Summer is always the time for more TV and video games. Now that school is back in session, those two commodities should be more of a reward than a habit. The only time they should get activated is when homework is done. Even then, there should be a cut off time. The focus is on the books now.
Get Checkups Done
If you have done so already, then try to schedule your kid’s physical exam, dental checkup and eye exam. You want to get all the vaccinations out of the way before school starts and make sure they’re clear to participate in sports if that is what they want to do.
It’s not a bad idea to set up some sort of “in box” for your family. This is where all the school paperwork that needs to be filled out and signed can go. There should also be a dedicated homework zone that is free of distractions and clutter. Up in the bedrooms, the closets need to be decluttered as well. Too much time is wasted looking for things to wear especially when you have to sort through all the things they’re never going to wear again. Junk King Columbus can be a big help with all of this decluttering. They’ll send over a pair of movers and a big truck capable of holding whatever you want to get rid of whether that is bags of old clothing or bedroom furniture that has been outgrown. The kind of decluttering help that Junk King Columbus can provide will make a big difference for your back-to-school season.