100 Back to School Tips for Parents and Children

Are you a parent who is looking for back-to-school tips? Check out our list.

  1. Set your children’s sleep schedules to “school time” two weeks before the first day.
  2. Get your children interested in programs they can do after school to keep them active.
  3. Visit educational attractions like museums to shift their brains into “Scholar” mode.
  4. Employ an after-school sitter to help care for your children while you’re at work.
  5. Urge your children to read at least one book before the school year begins.
  6. Acquaint your children with the calendar plan they’ll utilize to manage their activities.
  7. Try apps to help your children organize assignments.
  8. Let children choose a scheduling tool they’re excited to Utilize.
  9. Plan weekly meetings to review your children’s schedules ahead of the week(s).
  10. Build a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.
  11. Rejuvenate your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?
  12. Set up a set “Family Time” during dinner or before bed.
  13. Give children a specific day when they can choose all the activities you do together.
  14. Determine how long it takes them to do assignments to help with time management.
  15. Utilize an egg timer to get your children used to focusing for specific periods.
  16. Teach your children to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.
  17. Give your children a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk.
  18. Set a regular alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.
  19. Discuss what your children can expect on the first day to feel more prepared.
  20. Visit the school with your children to familiarize them with their new environments.
  21. Plan playdates with two or three of your children’s friends.
  22. Ask educators for class rosters so you can arrange playdates with new classmates.
  23. Pick up the lists of school supplies, books, and technology your children will need.
  24. Catalog last year’s school supplies before going out to buy more.
  25. Include your children in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out their items.
  26. Make a plan for organizing those supplies  and keeping them that way.
  27. Create a dedicated space for your children to store their school supplies and technology.
  28. Create a specific space like the family office as the official “homework area.”
  29. Eliminate distractions like TVs and video game consoles from homework areas.
  30. Label plastic tubs to organize all school supplies.
  31. Help your children develop a filing system for organizing their documents for each class.
  32. Set  and enforce  regular weekday and weekend bedtimes.
  33. Set  and enforce  regular weekday and weekend wake-up calls.
  34. Keep track of existing extracurricular activities to prevent over-scheduling.
  35. Have your children set realistic goals for the new year, such as reading 30 books.
  36. Help your children prioritize their activities by tying them to their year’s goals.
  37. Make a list of fun after-school activities and games to keep your children entertained.
  38. Get in touch with teachers early on to troubleshoot any issues your children may be having. Here are 20 questions you can ask.
  39. Create an after-school Plan that allows time for snacks, relaxation, play, and study.
  40. Establish regular bedtime routines for elementary school children and preschoolers.
  41. Carve out blocks of fun time for your children, whether it’s through sports or playdates.
  42. Employ a tutor, babysitter, or homework helper to help you navigate homework time.
  43. Perfect good behavior by doing your own work/projects while your children do homework.
  44. Encourage your children to lay out their school clothes the night before.
  45. Utilize this printable checklist to establish a regular morning routine.
  46. Have your children pack their school bags before they sleep that night.
  47. Have your children pack their gym bags the night before and leave them by the door.
  48. Pack their lunch boxes before bed if your children bring their own lunch.
  49. Establish rules for where they should put lunchboxes, etc., when they come home.
  50. Revamp your home organization setup to be more kid-friendly. For example, low hooks make it easy for younger children to hang up coats!
  51. Go through your children’s schoolwork monthly to toss the things you don’t want.
  52. Scan assignments that you want to keep.
  53. Make an inbox for children to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.
  54. Designate a plastic tub as a put-away bin for anything out of place.
  55. Set a time each week to sync individual calendars with the family calendar.
  56. Inventory your children’s wardrobes and toss/donate things they’ve outgrown.
  57. Make a list and budget for back-to-school shopping.
  58. Allow your child to choose their clothes, shoes, and other items they’ll need.
  59. Search through their wardrobes every 2-3 months to eliminate things that no longer fit.
  60. Create a laundry system that makes it easy to sort and wash everyone’s clothes.
  61. Put together homework caddies that can be used to carry school supplies through the house.
  62. Purchase bulk packaged snacks like bags of grapes that can be easily added to lunches.
  63. Talk about the different pros and cons of bringing versus buying school lunches.
  64. Find copies of school menus in advance to discuss lunch choices.
  65. Find your children involved in creating and preparing their daily lunch menus.
  66. Buy reusable sports bottles to increase their water consumption during the day.
  67. Keep a small emergency allowance in your children’s bags, just in case.
  68. Manage lunch ingredients in one part of the fridge so you can make fast lunches.
  69. Buy lunch boxes or reusable bags to help save the environment.
  70. Prepare a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday, wrap them in tinfoil, and freeze. Unthaw them the night before.
  71. Utilize sticky notes to flag important items in children that they should pay attention to.
  72. Plan supervised study dates when children work together on projects or homework.
  73. Have a backup transportation mode planned in case your children miss the bus.
  74. Place your clocks up for 10 minutes. This makes it simpler to be on time.
  75. Plan blocks of time to check in with each child to see how things are going.
  76. Hire a housekeeper to help clean and know things off your to-do lists.
  77. Plan at least one 30-minute block in your calendar each day for “your time.”
  78. Make a rewards system for when they meet goals like helping around the house.
  79. Go shopping for school supplies and clothes early. Avoid the rush.
  80. Utilize positive phrasing.
  81. Ensure your children (and you!) have an effective wake-up alarm that works for them.
  82. Set the alarm or notification 30 minutes before bedtime.
  83. Get rid of things like mobile devices from children’s bedrooms to focus them on sleeping.
  84. Make Utilize of night lights, white sound machines, and fans for children who can’t get to sleep.
  85. Hold on to a single, easy-access file for vaccination records and other important papers.
  86. Stage the breakfast table before you go to bed.
  87. Plan a bathroom Plan to avoid family fights for bathroom time.
  88. Change old backpacks with ones that are sturdy, ergonomic, and kid-friendly.
  89. Keep an ongoing list of supplies, clothing, and food that must be bought each week.
  90. Make Utilize of a see-and-store toy rack to make it easier for children to stay organized.
  91. Group a hanging organizer with five boxes of clothes for each day of the week.
  92. Dedicate a garage, basement, or entryway rack for sports equipment.
  93. Create a pet care Plan that outlines who does what and when.
  94. Plan study blocks on the weekends before big tests, mid-terms, and finals.
  95. Utilize under-the-bed storage for off-season clothes and toys that aren’t regularly used.
  96. Give out everyone a shower caddy to keep bathroom supplies organized.
  97. Put together a playdate caddy with an extra set of clothes, games, and toys.
  98. Describe different ways you can be involved in the classroom this school year.
  99. Talk openly with your children about their feelings about returning to school. Do something fun to disperse this stressful time of year.
  100. Take a breath!
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