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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Book Suggestion: I Don’t Want To Go To School!

I Don’t Want to Go To School! is the perfect little book for the youngster in your life who is just starting school.

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