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Twas’ the night before the (first) first day of school

Last night my family had dinner over at the neighbors, and for them, it was their first ever “school night”. In the morning, their oldest child would be attending her first day of kindergarten. Tomorrow would be her (first) first day of school.

I could tell both my friend and daughter were excited yet nervous. Not knowing what to expect, but optimistically expecting nothing but the best. My friend asked me if I had any advice for her - knowing I had been down this very road myself, not too long ago.

Did I have advice for her? Of course I had advice for her!
To be taken with a grain of salt of course...

1. Prep as much as you can the night before, so mornings run smoothly. Lay uniforms out, prep lunches, make sure homework is complete, and always know where the school shoes are.

2. Serve a good, nutrient dense breakfast. With the start of school - my girls are now getting up earlier, and eating lunch later. Plus, no snacks throughout the day like there is at home. In order to avoid late morning sugar crashes, I bulk them up in the morning -  so they can last (and learn!) throughout the day.

3. It’s ok if the first day of school isn’t the BEST! DAY! EVER! For my girls, there was an adjustment period to both the new routine and being away from me for so many hours of the day. This too shall pass....eventually.

4. Early to bed. In the summer - we're lazy about the kids bedtimes and they varry. But during the school year when we need to be on-time to class? We go to bed at 8pm - and we stick as closly to the clock as we can.

5. Discuss the school day over a snack. Once off the bus, I always ask my girls what the best part of their school day was. I cannot believe all the things I learn (both good and bad) about what goes on in their classroom and on the playground by simply asking the same question each and every day.

How about you? Do you have any advice to give to a family getting ready to start their (first) first day of school?

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by on Aug. 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

all excellent tips...def prep the night before as much as you can

by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Get clothes out and ready, lunches packed, and papers signed the night before.  Oh, and stick to a bed time routine for the kids. 

by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

All we have to do in the morning is make beds, get dressed, eat, brush teeth, pick up packs and go.

by Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

good advice!

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I slacked this year something serious. I usually have their book bags ready to go, outfits are picked out and all they have to do is go to bed. This year... not so  much

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

These are all great tips and pretty much what we do as well. If I had to chose any of these tips to impart I would say that the first one is most important.

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

 I just reminded them to relax - they'd have new teachers and some different people in their classes, but it's the same school they've been in since Kindergarten and they've always done well so they'll do great this year, too.

by Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Be interested... be interested in what she learned, what she did at recess, the friends she made, etc.  Don't juts fake it.

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

great tips

by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

It was crazy!! That is all!! If I said why, no one would believe me!!

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