7 Tips for Getting Your Kids Ready for the First Day of School ...

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I know the first day has already come and gone, but you can probably use some help getting your kids ready for the first day of school next year.

The first day is tough for kids, especially when it's a major milestone – starting kindergarten, moving into a real grade, transitioning from elementary school to middle school, or from middle to high school.

However, it can be just as tough on the parents, especially in those early years.

Getting your kids ready for the first day of school is about more than picking out clothes or getting the right supplies, although you'll see those are important too.

It's about being emotionally ready and fully prepared – for both of you!

1. Introduce Your Kids to School

Introducing everyone first is essential for getting your kids ready for the first day of school.

Many schools will let youngsters, especially, come into a class at the end of the spring semester, meet the teacher, and see what everything is all about.

This is also a great time for you to get to know the teachers, the principal, the guidance counselor, and familiarize yourself with your child's new surroundings.2

2. Start the Routine a Little Early

I remember being absolutely appalled by the knowledge that I suddenly had to get up early five days a week for nine months – and I had to go to bed early too!

My parents fixed this problem by gradually changing my routine throughout the month of August.

Going to bed early wasn't much of a problem because even before kindergarten, staying up was a special treat.

I loved my sleep as a little kid though;

still do.

So, every few days, I had to get up a little earlier.

That way the transition into school wasn't so jarring – and my parents didn't have such a cranky kid.2

It's a habit I kept up all the way through high school.

Of course, once I hit tenth grade and felt grown, I kind of threw it by the wayside, but still.

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