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8 Parenting Tips For Starting The New School Year

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

By Tina Avila, LMFT

Back-to-school season is here, and if you're like me, you've been putting off getting ready for it. But no more! It's time to get organized and be prepared so that we can all start this new school year on the right foot. The start of the school year is an exciting time for children, parents, and educators alike. Whether you're a parent or teacher, we hope you enjoy these eight tips for getting the most out of this new chapter in your child's life.

Locate your school's emergency contacts

One of the best ways to prepare for a new school year is by locating the school's emergency contacts. This way, you'll know who to call in case of an emergency or crisis situation. You can find this information on your child's parents' portal or through the school website. It will be located under an "emergency" tab or section that lists all of their numbers, email addresses, and websites. If you're having trouble finding it on either one of those two platforms, try calling up an administrator at the school office! They'll be able to help guide you in finding what you need.

Figure out a daily routine

A routine is a great way to structure your day, especially in the beginning. It gives you and your child a sense of what will happen at certain times throughout the day and helps with predictability for everyone.

Your schedule may also need to be adjusted as time goes by—for example when your child's needs change (or change back!) routine is one of the most important things you can do for your child. It can help them stay on track, get ready for school, and feel more comfortable. You may want to sit down with your child and make a daily schedule for them so they know what time they need to be up, what time breakfast is served, and when their bus will come. or their interests shift. Just remember: no one likes being told what to do all the time!

Organize your child's stuff