8 tips for surviving back-to-school season

Posted at 8:12 AM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 11:44:07-04

The first day of school is on the horizon or has already happened for some Valley students, and easing back into the routine doesn’t have to be stressful.

Start by setting bedtime earlier the week or even days before school starts.

Also, do a dry run. Have kids get up and get ready and get to where the bus would be. That'll give them an idea of how long it will really take.

Parents should also start getting their kids to eat a little healthier again. Opt for a frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

Another tip is to get them involved in the process! It'll get them pumped.

Jennifer Stimson with Apex Learning says, “Maybe it's a new backpack. Maybe it's a new first day of school outfit. Also, think about what kind of music they like. If there's a song they are loving right now. Try to associate that with getting ready in the morning and on their way to school.”

Another tip is to plan a group activity with your child and their friends who they may not have seen over the summer.

For parents, try to get to know your kids' teachers. Go to those open houses and orientations. Get a feel for who they are, and feel more comfortable with him or her.

Stay ahead of the game by getting those medical records updated, including allergies, medications, and emergency contacts.

The Arizona Department of Education suggests parents talk to kids about bullying before they start school. Having that communication line open will help parents, knowing their child will feel comfortable coming to them with issues.