With a little planning, you can make going back to school simple and stress-free.
By GreatSchools Staff
As the lazy days of summer slip away, it will soon be time to put away the beach chairs and corner lemonade stands and prepare for going back to school. Here are some tips to make the transition easier.
Set priorities and schedules
To make the best use of your time and keep life from being harried, think about priorities for family members and then schedule them into the week.
•Before school begins, discuss what extracurricular activities your child will participate in. If your child needs a little extra encouragement to audition for jazz band or to take that early morning Italian class, now is the time to go over the benefits of these activities. If, however, your child needs to have limits set, have her pick her favorite activities and forgo the rest. Be realistic and don't fall victim to over-programming.
•Make sure to leave enough time to do homework and for family time.
Determine how much time you can give to the school each month as a volunteer and involved parent: in the classroom, on field trips, for fundraising events and on school-wide committees.
For the family
Start a family calendar in a common area where each family member can write down his or her activities.