Tiffany Smith @TiffanySmith

Your Back-to-School Guide

From school supplies to lunch ideas, here are tips to help you send your kids back to school.

As summer winds to a close, it's time to go back to school. No more lazy days of summer. Instead, you have to deal with buying school supplies, packing healthy lunches, helping with homework and finding after-school child care. Scared yet?

Don't worry! Here are A+ tips to help you manage the chaos.   

1 Month Before School Starts:


3 Weeks Before:

  • Talk to kids about important issues they may face this year. Watch these back-to-school movies together to kick start the conversation.
  • Is your child starting a new school? Ease the transition this week by going on a tour of the building, scheduling playdates with new classmates and using this advice.
  • Sign up for after-school extracurricular activities, if you haven't already. Find the right ones for your kids.
  • Watch these helpful how-to videos for tips on common back-to-school problems and organizational challenges.


2 Weeks Before:


1 Week Before:


The Day Before:

  • Head to the store and stock your fridge and pantry with food to make these quick and healthy breakfast and lunch ideas.
  • Squelch any back-to-school worries that may be cropping up today by talking to your kids about how great school is.
  • As you prepare your kids for school, get yourself ready too. Make these back-to-school resolutions to help you survive the school year.


The First Day of School:


After School Starts:

  • Kids complaining about classes already? Teach them how to love school.
  • Look out for signs that your child is being bullied (or bullying someone else). Ask your after-school sitter to be aware of these red flags too.
  • Give kids a hand with homework, but don't overdo it -- many parents get too involved, which hurts kids in the long run. Read up on these other homework solutions.
  • Ask the teacher how you can be involved with your child's classroom -- your participation will help your kids do better in school. Try these options for parents who have three hours a day, a week, a month or a year!
  • Prepare for the first parent-teacher conference by creating a list of things you want to discuss.


Tiffany Smith is the director of content and publicity at William Woods University. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And, as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite​​​​​​

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  • Very helpful! Thanks guys

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