Back to School Published on August 14, 2016 School districts across the nation are resuming and getting excited for the fall semester. Make sure you’re ready when your children are back in the swing of things. Start Fresh Things accumulate over summer break when you’re attempting to keep your children entertained. Before school starts, go through toys, shoes, and everything else and donate them to a local charity. You’ll be excited about buying back-to-school outfits when you can actually fit them into the closet, and some schools will take used toys and educational accessories to help fill their classrooms or send home with children who don’t have access to those things. Check Out Extracurricular Activities Maybe your student is starting school for the first time, or maybe they’re moving to a new school. Maybe they want a place to make new friends or find an outlet. Check out extracurricular activities offered through your child’s school or your county, or check out sport leagues, dance academies, or gymnastic classes available nearby. Create Calendar Central Back-to-school time, working parents, and then adding extracurricular activities can instantly take over your calendar and have you running all day and night. Make sure nothing gets forgotten with a family calendar. You and your partner can link up calendars with apps like Google Calendar or Sunrise Calendar. You can even hang up a family calendar in a high-traffic room like the kitchen or mudroom so everyone can see it and add to it. Buy a Few Extra School Supplies Not everyone has the resources to buy everything on a school supplies list, much less additional supplies; but if you are a family who does, pick up a few additional boxes of Kleenexes or several more packs of pens. Take it from this mom, the teachers could really use it, but so could some of those adorable kiddos resuming school who aren’t as fortunate. Start Your School Year Schedule A couple weeks before school starts, have your family get into their new routine. Dinner at 6, bath at 7, and to bed by 8:30 (depending on the ages). Most kiddos have been staying up late all summer and not having meals on a schedule so it will be a better adjustment to try and ease the family back onto a schedule before school resumes. Also, if your kid returns home and wants to instantly fall asleep, don’t fret: children, especially elementary school students, tend to be more tired than usual those first days back. Plan a Family Night With your children getting back into their routine, it’s easy to pass like ships in the night. Plan one evening a week to be a family night – no dance or soccer, no friends, no late night at the office. Maybe it’s a Friday night pizza dinner or a Monday game night. Make sure your family finds time to check-in with each other and connect.