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This upcoming school year has me feeling excited, but also a bit anxious. Not only will my youngest be starting preschool, but my son will be heading to our local middle school after several years of homeschooling. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment for this momma, but I’m also looking forward to a new season in life.
When I was a child, I remember how excited I felt about shopping and preparing for a new school year. I would create a long checklist of items I needed including my “must haves”, and would ponder over my first day of school outfit. Now that I’m a parent, I still get excited but my preparation goes beyond checklists and school supplies. I know that in order to have a smooth transition, I have to start prepping early and get the ball rolling. Today I want to share my favorite ways to prepare for the new school year, so you can welcome it like a boss. 🙂
4 Ways to Prepare for the New School Year
Establish a routine
Don’t wait until the week before school begins to set a routine. Several weeks before the kids go back to school start adjusting sleep schedules and introducing morning tasks. My son is not a morning person, so this step is crucial in our home. As the beginning of school year gets closer, I’ll start adjusting bedtime to help his body adjust.
For the best selections and prices, I like to shop as early as possible. In fact, we already completed a good bit of our back-to-school shopping at JCPenney. It’s a one-stop destination for all back-to-school needs, and I love that I always find affordable clothes for all of my kids. My son likes clothes that are comfortable but also on-trend. He picked out a few t-shirts, jeans, and activewear during our shopping trip. JCPenney offers a variety of high-quality, stylish pieces for teenage boys at a great value including this Nike graphic t-shirt which was my son’s favorite pick and only retails for $18.75.
For my preschooler, I selected clothing that is fun yet durable. I found some great Okie Dokie t-shirts and leggings that I can easily mix and match. The best part is that I only paid $4.99 for each piece! She’s super excited to start preschool and is constantly asking me when she will start. Shopping at JCPenney is always worth my time, money and effort. I always find styles that are priced to buy and that my kids love which is a win-win.
Involve your kids
As parents, we often want to do everything for our child. I find that giving my children tasks they’re responsible for keeps them accountable and provides structure. Allow them to pack their school lunches and pick our their school outfit. These simple tasks will teach them responsibility and help you save time. My son knows that he’s responsible for picking out his outfit the night before and packing his own lunch. Although these are things I can easily take care of, I want him to take ownership of these tasks.
Simplify your schedule
I can’t stress this enough. Don’t overwhelm yourself, nor your children, by participating in every event and activity that presents itself. Pick one that your child absolutely loves and go from there. I personally like my kids to participate in one extracurricular activity per season. I find that anything more than that begins to interfere with their schooling and also our family life. During the months that my kids are participating in after-school activities, I choose to scale back in other areas so I’m not overbooked and overwhelmed. In other words, I say “no” generously and guard my time fiercely to ensure I’m present for my family.
How do you prepare for the back-to-school season? I’d love to hear your tips!