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Transitioning from summer mode to back to school is not always easy. As my children enter 2nd and 5th grade, I’ve learned a few ways to help that transition become easier.
Here are 7 tips helping you prepare for Back To School.
1.Tax Free Weekend Florida 2018
It’s always nice to save money on your Back To School Supply list. Don’t miss out on the tax-free weekend. Florida’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018.
2. School Supply Delivery
Home delivery is becoming the norm and it can really save you time. You can get your school supplies at Target or Walmart who now provide special services where you can order online and then pick-up your school supplies or have them delivered to your home.
3. Kids Need Sleep
There are some ways to help your child have a good night sleep. The week or even weekend before school starts, put your kids to bed at their appropriate time. I truly believe it takes two weeks to get a child back on a sleep schedule. You can give your kids their own alarm clock to wake up to. It’s a great responsibility for them to get up and shut it off.
4. You Need Sleep
You may not realize it but you need sleep as well. The first week Back to School information about your kids’ teachers, school events and papers that need to be signed will need you feeling awake and sharp. It’s time to start putting yourself to bed because that 6:30 a.m. alarm will feel pretty early.
5. Don’t Overschedule
As you start to fill up the calendar, be mindful of overscheduling yourself and your children. My rule is one afternoon activity per each kid for the quarter. This cuts down on the stress of you living in your car and always rushing from here to there.
6. Put It In Your Calendar
Get out your paper planner or Google calendar now. Take the school schedule if you have access and sit down in front of a Netflix binge and start inputting. Make sure you put every holiday, half day and teacher work day in now so you won’t be surprised later.
7. Include Family Fun
When the school schedule starts, it’s hard not to fall into a pattern. It’s fun to plan one weekend activity like hosting a Friday family game night or staying in your pajamas until noon on a Saturday. Don’t forget to make those memories just because the summer is gone.
Hopefully, all of these back to school tips help. Don’t forget to breathe and stay calm and carry-on!!!