With July coming to an end, it’s time to start getting ready for back to school. Kids are trying to ignore it, but parents are feeling a bit of relief and starting to prepare for the inevitable. There’s a lot to do and not every school has posted the supplies yet, but you can call the school for a list and there is still plenty of other things you can do to get ready. And you can get your kids involved now so that they get what they want instead of you having to go back later to get something else.

  1. Go through your current supplies. That means having the kids go through their backpacks and pulling out the old supplies and combining them with whatever stock you have around the house. If you haven’t made a place already, find a single location to store everything so that it is easier to see when you are running low.
  2. Make sure you have enough printer ink and paper to make it through the first month or so. There is always a lot of paperwork to go through, so make sure you have that covered.
  3. Review the school calendar. Make sure you know when the first day is, when you should plan to attend open house, and check out other events that take place during the first month. If you get it all on your calendar now you won’t have to worry about it after the school year gets going.
  4. Go over all activity fees and other costs so you can make sure you have everything covered before the year begins. The cost of starting school is always far more than we expect and the fewer surprise costs you have, the better.
  5. Have your kids decide what activities they want to do over the year, whether school related or something else. Then you can compare the school schedule with the other activities so that you can plan for any overlap well ahead of time, especially if your kids will be doing things that have recitals or other big events.
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