Time for Back to School

Audrey Adelson,MSW, WLCP

August, 2015

 

Summer vacation has come to an end and it’s time to get back to school! This can be both an exciting and stressful time for you and your child. For parents, it means getting back in the routine of making school lunches, helping with homework, and scheduling afterschool activities. For kids, it means getting used to new teachers, meeting new friends, and adjusting to a new schedule. Here are a few tips to help both you and your child have a smooth transition back to school.


Finances


School supplies can be one of the most expensive items when preparing for school. Most schools provide a supply list to help parents buy exactly what their child needs so they don’t waste money on unnecessary supplies. This year, Georgia will offer a sales tax holiday on Juy 31-August 1, 2015 which means businesses will not charge sales tax on clothes, shoes, school supplies and computers on those two days. Click here to view a list of sales tax exempt items.


Wellness


Many school districts require that students to have up-to-date immunizations before attending school. Parents should check with the school to make sure all of the appropriate documentation has been submitted before kids start their first day of school. Not submitting the proper health records to the school can prevent your child from attending.


Eating healthy is also important for children to perform properly during the day at school. Parents should make sure their child has a balanced breakfast and lunch every day. Here are a few websites with tips for providing your child with a healthy diet.



Let’s move
How to Make School Lunches for Your Children


School Work

Homework is a great way for your child to practice what he/she learns in school. Make sure your child has a quiet and comfortable place to complete homework assignments. Set aside a specific time of day for homework and review the work with your child. Show interest and work through assignments with your child. Structure and parental support with homework will help your child complete their work and give them a better chance of succeeding in school. ED.gov is a great website with tips and resources that can help parents and children with homework. The Emory WorkLife Resource Center WorkLife Library and BrownRichards, an E4 Healthcare Company are also two great sources to find resources and tips for tutoring, afterschoolcare, etc.


Yes, back to school can be stressful, but hopefully these tips and resources will help you and your kids have a smooth transition back to class.