10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for the New School Year

School will be back in session very soon here on the West Coast. My brothers actually have approximately 3 more weeks before they're back in school, and while they're dreading going back, I'm actually counting down the days when I'll have the house all to myself again.

Want to get your child back to school on the right foot? There are many things you can do to prepare your child for the new school year ahead. Check out these ten tips for helping you with this process.



#1. Talk to them - Take the time to talk to your child about the new school year and what it might mean for them.

#2. Teach them - One way you can prepare your child for the next school year is to teach them. Spend the summer learning and doing fun things to help prepare your child for the new school year.

#3. Stress the importance of sleep - Your child really needs to get as much sleep as possible. Make sure you talk to them about sleep and what it can do for their body.

#4. Make learning positive - Anyone who talks bad about learning is bound to produce children who also hate learning. Make sure you stay super positive about learning, so your kids will enjoy this time in their lives.

#5. Guide them through it - Don't just throw your kid 'under the bus.' Literally. You need to guide your child through the new school year. Share some of your favorite memories with them of your childhood and school years.

#6. Take them shopping - Not all kids love shopping, but it is one of the most fun things about going 'back to school.' Show kids how to save money by using coupons and stacking percentage off coupons. Maybe you can teach them some math during this process.

#7. Help them with homework - Adults have enough going on, it's not always a possibility to help with homework. When your kids go back to school this year, make it a priority to help them with their homework. Also, be willing to listen to their rants about how they hate homework.

#8. Pay attention - Your child might be going through some "things" before the next school year hits. Make sure you are listening and paying attention to what your child is going through. Children won't always talk, so it's up to parents to pay attention to what's going on on a mental basis.

#9. Reach out to your child's teacher - It's true that your child's teacher is busy but that shouldn't keep you from reaching out. Make sure the teacher knows you are there to help in any way you can. They will appreciate your willingness to be involved in the classroom and make it a successful year.

#10. Get involved - If you only do one thing to help your child prepare for the new school year; get involved. Don't just sit back and let school happen to them.


How do you help your child prepare for the new school year?