Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Tips for the First Days of School

Some of us dread it, some of us long for it, the first day of school comes whether you are ready or not. What can you do to make the day more successful for your kiddos? Check out our 5 easy tips for preparing for the first day of school.

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1. Set our your child's clothes the night before.

By nature, we feel most confident in ourselves when we dress up. Studies have shown that students perform better on tests when they are dressed up rather than in lounge clothes, so why not harness this confidence for the first day of school?

Choose an outfit that will make your child feel good about themselves. The way we dress affects how we perceive the world, but it's not about spending a lot of money, just being the best version of you. In addition, setting out clothes the night before cuts back on potential arguments the morning of. Dress the part and your child will be sure to feel like they're ready to conquer the world....or at least the 1st grade.

2. A new school year means a fresh start.

Explain to your child that the first day of school is a fresh start. If they struggled in the past or had issues with friends, this is an opportunity to start over. Anything that happened last year is old news. Sometimes the type of day we have is brought on by what kind of day we WANT to have. Our attitude is more than half the battle. Remember, today is a good day to have a good day!

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3. Pack your child's lunch the night before. 

Packing your child's lunch will keep you from scrambling around the morning of trying to find something for your little one to eat. Go ahead and put things that don't have to stay cold into the lunch box and things that must stay cold in a certain spot of the fridge. 

If you're an Organization Queen, pack all the lunches for the week the Sunday before. This trick is a whole other level for most of us, BUT it can be done. If you know you have a busy week ahead, do your meal prep on Sunday before the week starts. When I've done this I take grocery bags and put everything for each day into one bag. It does save you some valuable time, because instead of getting the pretzels out each night, you're dividing them up into 5 plastic bags at one time. 

If that's a little too ambitious for you, the night before will do just fine. Set aside your child's lunch before you turn in for the night. Save yourself the stress when it comes to getting out the door.

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4. Rock the Wonder Woman or Superman pose.

Does your child need a little extra confidence? Dealing with some anxiety about the first day of school? Spend a couple minutes doing the Wonder Woman or Superman pose! 

If you've never seen Amy Cuddy's Ted Talk on body language, it is an awesome resource for understanding how body language affects us. If you have older children, encourage them to watch the video. I show it in my high school business course and some students have really used it to their advantage, especially when playing sports or going for a job interview. The idea is that high power poses, poses that are more open and relaxed, allow us to feel more confident. To do this, have your child stand tall with their chest and hands on their hips. Have a little fun with it and boost their feelings about the first day of school.

5. Beginning a few nights before school starts, go to bed on time.

Getting enough sleep is crucial to being the best version of ourselves. I know that even for me, if I don't get enough sleep, I don't feel like I can be the mommy I want to be. During the summer we tend to slack off and forget about the strict bedtime routines. Keep in mind a "routine" is not made in one day. Starting a few days beforehand, have your child turn in for bed at the time you would have them go to bed for school, this may mean they need to get up the same time they would for school as well. Getting started with a routine early will pay dividends later!

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