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How to Prepare for Back to School

Watch more Back to School videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to prepare for back to school with these parenting tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Reset their body clock If your children have been staying up late and sleeping in all summer, reset their body clocks: Starting two weeks before school, send them to bed a little bit earlier every night -- and get them up a little earlier every morning -- until they're back on a school-day schedule. Tip Get them used to the impending morning rush by planning early-morning activities they'll want to jump out of bed for. Step 2: Take them shopping Take them shopping for school supplies and, if your budget permits, a few new back-to-school clothes. Let them have a say in the selection process to get them excited about the return to the classroom. Step 3: Prepare their work area Help them prepare the area where they'll be doing their homework, especially if they seem anxious about the upcoming year. Having a clean, organized space with some new supplies may help ease their nerves -- and might even get them excited about a fresh start. Tip Surprise them with a new electronic gadget that can be used to do homework. Check out websites like eBay and Craigslist for bargains. Step 4: Set up playdates Set up playdates with school friends they haven't seen all summer to remind them that the school year has its fun side. Tip If you're child is starting at a new school, see if it's possible to have them meet their new teacher before the school year starts. Step 5: Cook ahead Make double batches of meals now so you can quickly defrost dinner during those first hectic days. Step 6: Tamp down your own fears Keep any of your own anxieties about the upcoming school year to yourself. Children take their lead from you; if you seem composed, it may alleviate their own fears. Did You Know? Up to 18 percent of children display anxiety over returning to school in the fall that can lead them to be disruptive in class, according to one study.
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