Back-to-school time can be a hectic time for both you and the kiddos. These are some of our best back-to-school tips to help ensure this school year gets off to a great start!

1. Visit the school

Walk or ride the route your child will take and make a note of school patrols, crossing guards and high-traffic areas along the way. Talk to your kids about NOT talking to strangers and find out what, if any, policies your child’s school has regarding early arrivals or late pick-ups. Learn about the school’s entrance and exit policies. Then, if you can, pop in and check out what the inside of the school looks like.

2. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher

Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and ask them about the preferred method of communication. (Some teachers are active on email and social media, while others prefer the phone or in-person meetings.)

3. Make homework a priority

Make homework time a daily habit. Find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete their homework. If your child needs help with their assignments, make an appointment with the teacher sooner rather than later.

4. Prepare a study area

Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child’s work.

5. Take charge of TV time

Limit the time you let your child watch TV, and make it a family affair when you do decide to do TV time. Talk together about what you see and ask questions after the show ends.

6. Get everyone to bed on time

Children aren’t always on a schedule during the summer, which is understandable. But, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your kids get back on track sleep-wise by having them go to bed earlier and wake up at least a week before school starts.

7. Make healthy meals

No one can concentrate when they’re hungry. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, and if you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any child nutrition programs, like the National School Lunch Program.

8. Get a check-up

Taking your child in for a physical and an eye exam before school starts is a good idea. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations, and you may be asked to provide paperwork showing that your child has all the necessary shots and vaccines. So, check your state’s immunization requirements. And always keep your own copies of any medical records.

9. Plan to read with your child every day

Make a plan to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.

Source: US Department of Education:; SupportLinc EAP