It seems like only days ago we were celebrating graduation and cheering for summer. And now we see Back-to-School ads everywhere we turn. But this time of the year doesn’t have to be stressful at all. In fact, if you plan ahead a little, you might just be able to make it fun!

We’ve compiled a list of great tips from teachers, psychologists and parents just like you and I to help us ease back into the school year.

  • Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time’ two weeks before the first day of school. This really gives their bodies the chance to get back on track and helps avoid the morning blues! It can be helpful to set an alarm 30 minutes before bedtime. This way it doesn’t feel like bedtime is being sprung upon them. 
  • Create a family calendar that keeps track of everyone’s activities and schedule. This will get everyone, especially the little ones, excited about upcoming activities. It also really helps to relieve anxiety about the unknown. For the smaller kids, use fun sports/dance/hobby stickers on the calendar so they can visually see what is planned.  The Organized Mama has some great ideas on getting your family’s schedules organized.
  • Arrange playdates with two or three of your kids’ friends to rebuild existing social ties. It’s great for them to reconnect before that very first day and can alleviate some of the awkwardness.
  • Include your kids in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out some of their own supplies. It’s one of our favorite activities. Something about those new, sharp crayons still gets us excited! Don't forget, we're giving away FREE pencil cases at Snap't!
  • Discuss what your kids can expect on the first day back in school so they feel more prepared. Review the routine with them, whether you walk to school or they ride the bus, and so on. You can even talk about some of the snacks you will pack for them.
  • Talk about your own childhood memories and share your own school experiences with your child and try to focus on the positive and be optimistic. Talk about your favorite teacher, great friends you made or a fun assignment you remember working on. 

Remember to KEEP CALM. Back-to-school season can get very anxious for families, as you're all rushing to get things done. But try to avoid the chaos. If parents stay peaceful, there's a greater chance the kids will, too.