Students in the Valley have either just started school or will be heading back next week.  It’s hard to believe that summer vacation has already ended.

Going back to school can often be both an exciting time and a stressful time for both students and parents.

To ensure a great start to the school year, here are ten tips for creating a routine and environment where your student will thrive.

Back to School Tips

  1. Wake up at the same time every day.

Routine is important in a child’s life, helping set your child on the path to success starts with a simple morning routine so they know what to expect each day.

  1. Eating a balanced breakfast that won’t cause a morning sugar crash and packing a healthy snack and/or lunch.

By planning meals at home, you are more likely to encourage your child to make healthy choices during the school day.

  1. Set-up a clutter free zone.

Avoid the daily “where is my “missing shoe, backpack, or textbook” drama…it always happens, by choosing a clutter-free area of the house as a central housing hub for all things school-related, including lunches and more, you will save yourself precious time and frustration in the mornings.

  1. Ask your kids what’s on their mind.

Back to school is exciting. It holds so many opportunities for our kids. But there is also a certain amount of anxiety coupled with that excitement. Let your kids know that you care about what they are thinking and feeling.

  1. Talk about bullying.

Approximately one in three children experience bullying at some point during the school career. With the world becoming increasingly digital, the consequences of such bullying can be extreme. By talking with your children, you can ensure they know how to properly treat their classmates, teachers, and administrators. You can talk about when it is appropriate to speak up if they see bullying happening.

  1. Put phone and tablets away and eat dinner together.

Talk about your days and actively listen to each other. A fun practice in my home is to take a moment at dinner to go around the table and have each person say two things, what was the best part of their day and what was the worst part of their day.  It can be as simple as the dinner you’re eating is the best or worst part of the day!

  1. Take a 30-minute walk after the sun goes down.
  2. Have dedicated family time where you all read independently or together each night to relax before bedtime, in the same room.
  3. Organize clothing.

Set out the next day’s outfit each night before going to sleep, including matching shoes and socks, to avoid the stressful out-the-door scramble the next morning.

  1. Get to bed on time, avoid leaving phones/tablets/computers charging in the child’s room.