7 Back to School Tips for Parents in Michigan

back-to-schoolWith the days of summer drawing to a close, many Michigan parents are preparing for their children to return to school. Shifting from the relaxed days of summer to the hustle of a busy school year isn’t easy. We thought we would share some expert advice that helps make for a smooth transition back to school.

7 Back to School Tips

  1. Set realistic expectations for the year. What activities are your kids really interested in? Help them develop those areas.
  2. Develop a list of quick and healthy breakfast ideas now, as well as healthy and easy lunch box menus. These ideas will help get your list started.
  3. Commit to blocking off time each weekend to get your upcoming week organized. What clothes do the kids need for the week? Think sports practices, choir concerts, and more. Are there treats or special supplies they need? Round them up before the week begins. The same goes for planning their lunches. Be sure you plan the whole weeks’ worth of lunches.
  4. Resolve to pack lunches and get clothes laid out the night before. That will help decrease the number of manic mornings you have and get your days off to the right start.
  5. If you don’t already have a “homework station” set up one for your children, get one in place before school starts. Make it a rule that before anything else happens after school, homework is finished.
  6. Create a plan for getting to know your children’s teachers. If your schedule is flexible, volunteer for projects and classroom parties. Send your email address to their teachers. Make it known that you are interested in and open to hearing from them.
  7. Finally, help your children understand that their best effort is the real measure of their success. This is a hard one for many parents to accept because they are worried about what college their child will get in to down the road. Support your child where they need it, but help them understand that a strong work ethic is what really matters.

We hope these tips help you get the new school year off to a great start!

Do you have any tips of your own?