Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school.

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prepping for school colds

When preping for pre-school stock up on tissues, saline drops, antibacterial soap and gel, wipes, all the little items you wish you had in your pocketbook, car, or briefcase. As soon as the first cold hits, and it will, you’ll be so glad you did.

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Kids and back-to-sickness

Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.

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Managing the teacher supply list

The teacher’s supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don’t waste time and money on unlisted items.

Extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your pockets empty.

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Before school starts, review all of the information

Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities.

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Nap time and pre-school

When preparing for preschool re institute Nap Time.

This can be a big one because in the summer it’s easy to get away from toddler naptime, especially if you have older children you have been keeping busy.

Find out from your preschool what time nap time will be and start getting ready for it.

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Make a back-to-school calendar

Make a back-to-school calendar. Simply write the countdown on a piece of paper, which the kids can decorate. Cross out the dates or use stickers.

Another idea is to make a kind of back-to-school "advent-type" calendar. Every day children receive a little present, including little things which they will need for the next school year.

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Visit school with your child

If your child is young or in a new school, visit the school with your child. Meeting the teacher, locating their classroom, locker, lunchroom, etc., will help ease pre-school anxieties and also allow your child to ask questions about the new environment.

Call ahead to make sure the teachers will be available to introduce themselves to your child.

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Reinforce Toilet Training before school

Depending on the program, some preschools require three-year-olds to be potty trained by the first day of school, some don’t. Check with your school and then move ahead with your plan.

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Noting back to school nights

Make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights.

This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations. Arrange for a babysitter now, if necessary.

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Back to School clothing tip

Rather than rushing out in August to buy school clothes, wait it out until mid-September.

In addition to finding more things on sale, your kids will also have an opportunity to see what everyone else is wearing before they buy those jeans they thought were trendy.

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Washing hands is important

The single most important thing your child can do to prevent illness is to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently.

Despite your best efforts, your child is going to get sick, especially during his or her first few years of contact with larger groups of children. But a child’s immunity improves with time.

School-age children gradually become less prone to common illnesses and recover more quickly from the diseases they do catch.

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Packing smartly for school

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable.

Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

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Reviewing cafeteria schedules

Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home.

With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.

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Waiting with kids for the bus

Make sure that one adult waits at the bus stop where young children are waiting for the bus to arrive.

You could coordinate this with other parents in your block, as this is a method that will go a long way towards assuring safety for your school going child.

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Waiting for the bus

When waiting for the bus teach him to wait in a line when the bus is arriving, and not to run directly into the path of the bus in his hurry to catch it.

At times the drivers too are helpless and there is only so much they can do to prevent an accident.

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Acclimating to school

Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones.

Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.

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Get to know your school bus driver

Become familiar with the school bus driver and the transportation company that is contracted by the school to transport your child. Provide all of these individuals your telephone number and walk with your child to the bus.

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Deals on school supplies

One strategy when you find a great deal on basic supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, binders, etc, is to stock up with at least three of each item.

The kids are well-stocked for the first day of school, and you can restock at least twice later in the school year.

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Bus safety tip

When your toddler waits for the bus, teach him to avoid roughhousing behavior.

Teach him to be wary of the traffic on the busy roads, and on how to stay away from the traffic and how to stand quietly and safely while waiting.

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