As sad as it is to admit, summer is coming to an end. I feel your pain, my friend. That’s why I’m sharing a few of my favorite back to school tips to help get you ready for the busy days ahead. Let’s be honest, no one is ever really ready to go back, especially our kids! Preparing for your children to head back to class can be downright hectic. However, there are a few tips that may help make life a bit easier during this time of the year. Here are some great life hacks to get you through the start of a new year and banish some stress.
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7 Back to School Tips & Hacks
Trick to get you out of bed on time
After sleeping in till late morning (or for some of us, early afternoon!) all summer long; it is tough to wake up early to catch the school bus. Try putting your alarm clock on the opposite side of the room from where your bed is. That way, when it goes off in the morning, you have no choice but to get up, since you need to turn it off. By getting out of bed, you’re sending a signal to your brain that sleep time is over. It’s not going to make you perky and alert, but at least you won’t accidentally turn it off and drift back to sleep.
Shop in two batches
As tempting as it is to grab all your back to school supplies in one trip, breaking it into two sessions can save you loads of money. Before school starts, hit a few sales to pick up the items your child will absolutely need on the first day. Then, about a week after the school year, shop all the huge clearance sales for the rest of the stuff. Stores like Walmart and Target deeply discount back to school merchandise just days after the year begins in your area.
Gummy bear reading incentive
Reading and studying can be something that is tough. I mean who wants to read about the Byzantine Empire really? Give your kids an incentive when reading or studying boring topics. How, you ask? Place a gummy bear after 3 or 4 paragraphs in their books. When they are reading and reach the gummy bear, they can eat it. If you don’t want to use candy as an incentive, another idea is to put little jokes on Post-It notes every few pages. That way, your kids get a little laugh break when they reach it. I also love these study tips:
Remember your class schedule with ease
One of the hardest things for kids going back to school is trying to remember their new class schedule. This is especially scary for kids starting middle school or high school. Knowing where to be and at what time can be confusing. If your tween or teen has a cell phone, have him take a picture of his schedule with his cell phone. This way, instead of trying to find the paper with the class schedule written on it, it is right at his fingertips.
Make new school shoes more comfortable
While this may sound silly, it really does work! It can hurt your feet when trying to break in brand new shoes. Here is a cool trick: put the shoes on with a pair of thick socks, blow-dry into the shoes for 7-8 minutes and the shoes will fit much better afterward. Check out these other tips to make shoes more comfy:
Write stellar essays with the right facts
Older kids have to write a lot of essays in middle and high school. Want to make sure they’re getting good grades on them? Use this Google hack to find legitimate, high-authority sources. Instead of just heading to plain old Google, go to scholar.google.com. Not only does it narrow things down for you, it also provides you with the most relevant information. Another important tip: while Wikipedia should never be used as a research source, you can find quality sources through the “Notes” and “References” on their pages. They often link to high-authority sites that teachers are more likely to accept.
Set the mood for homework
Nothing can make homework exciting, but creating a special area for kids to sit and work can at least take some of the sting out of it! You don’t have to give kids their own home office or anything extreme. A corner of the family room with a desk and personalized accessories (like our super cute DIY personalized pencil holder) can go a long way to setting the right mood. Even a portable homework station set up on your dining room table can do the trick.
Heading back to class after a relaxing summer is always going to be a bit of a challenge. I’m definitely not looking forward to getting up early again! I hope these back to school tips help make it a little easier for your family!