Love it or loathe it, back to school is almost here. And to make it easier on everyone, it’s best to start some prep now to avoid a rough transition. Here are a few quick tasks to tackle for smooth September sailing, courtesy of psychologist, parenting expert and author Sara Dimerman. You can read more of her wit and wisdom on helpmesara.com.
Get Sticky with It: 2 Weeks to Go
Put 14 sticky notes on your child’s wall, numbered one to 14. Each day leading up to the beginning of school, remove the sticky note corresponding to the number of days to go. This visual reminder of the countdown helps kids prepare for school by bringing closure to their summer holidays. (Be ready)
The Rhythm of the Night: 1 Week to Go
It’s tough—but start to adjust back to school bedtime and wake-up times. Get them into bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier each night and up earlier as well. It’s better to have a drowsy August morning than the first week of school. (Be ready)