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A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity (Infographic)

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The back-to-school season is almost here! Visions of football, falling leaves and sweaters are swirling around everyone’s heads, and your kids are getting ready to head back into the classroom. Whether it’s preschool or college, most of your back-to-school attention is focused on school supplies and other items your kids need to make it through the year. Don’t forget the importance of setting them up for success as the last days of summer disappear. Discover how to make the transition into the school year as easy as possible for your kids.

Restart Their Back-to-School Routine

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanilty

It can be hard for many kids to reset their clocks to wake up earlier in the morning. One great way to get kids back into the swing of things is to start their back-to-school routines a few weeks before school starts. Start making bedtimes earlier, and stick to a nighttime routine that best fits your child. This could mean saving time for reading before bed, brushing teeth or winding down with family time.

Morning routines are also very important to keeping your child on track during the school year. Start making time in the mornings for breakfast to give your kids an energy and mental boost. Breakfast foods provide many vitamins and minerals that your kids need to grow properly. It also gives children more energy, which allows them to focus better in the classroom. Kids who don’t eat breakfast tend to lose interest and attentiveness by mid-morning.

Schedule a School Physical

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity

Now is a good time to take your kids in for a regular physical that checks their overall health. During the appointment, ask your doctor any questions you have about your children’s health or behavior. Your doctor can make sure that everyone is up-to-date on their immunizations and that they are growing on track! Last year, the United States experienced a record number of measles outbreaks that put many children in danger. Vaccinating your children is the best way to prevent these illnesses from spreading in the close quarters of a school.

Sign Your Kids Up for Activities

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity

Summer is a great time to talk with your kids about what activities they want to participate in this fall. If your children will be left alone while you are still at work during the school year, consider signing them up for an after-school program. These programs have been proven to promote social skills, enhance creativity and help kids make better judgment calls.

If your kids love running and competition, consider signing them up for a sport! Kids who participate in sports build teamwork skills they can use later in life. They also develop an ability to work more easily with difficult people and learn how to interact with authority figures.

Remember the Athletic Forms!

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity

If your kids participate in sports, one of the first back-to-school steps is to schedule a sports physical with your provider and have them fill out the appropriate forms. These physicals are very simple and can be done with a school physical or at a separate time. 

Try on Last Year’s Clothes

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity

Kids are constantly growing. Girls will grow in height for a few years after they start puberty. Usually, the growth spurts end around the age of 15. Boys generally continue to grow in height until around the age of 16, but their muscles will continue to develop as they get older. 

More than likely, your kids will grow out of many of the school clothes you bought them last year. Some clothes can be handed down to younger siblings, and others can be donated to a local charity. Make a date to go shopping with each of your children and restock the clothes they have outgrown. You don’t have to splurge at the mall, either. Local discount stores offer many options when it comes to school clothes or school uniforms. You can even use social media to your advantage by checking local swap groups for great deals. 

Check Their Gear

A Back-to-School Checklist to Save Your Sanity

With time, things like backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles can take a beating from your students. Before they head back to school, check over these items to make sure nothing is broken and that no parts are missing.

It’s important for your kids to drink water, and giving them a water bottle they can refill throughout the day is a great way to keep them hydrated. Teach your kids the importance of drinking water when they are thirsty and when they’re exercising or playing sports. There isn’t a magic number of ounces your child should drink everyday, but allowing them to drink water whenever they want is a great way to start. Check with your child’s school policy on bringing water bottles into the classroom.

If your child is going to preschool for the first time or you are dropping off your new college freshman, each kid will need time to adjust to being at school. These tips will get your family off to a great start to the school year and save you from running around on the first day of school! Get your family ready for the school year by scheduling a physical today, and by registering for Virtual Care for moments when your child needs to see a doctor, but going to your doctor isn’t an option.