Start theYear Off Right
s the summer begins to
wind down, you may find yourself
scrambling to get your children ready
for a brand-new school year. To make
your life easier, we’ve put together a
list of ways to ensure that your child
starts off on the right foot.
: First things first – make an appointment
with your pediatrician for immunization updates and
physicals, especially for your
athletes. The last thing you want is
to be scrambling for an available time slot with 60 other
families who also waited until the last minute. It’s best to
complete your medical checkups at least six weeks before
Back to school shopping
: It’s time to go shopping.
Make sure to grab special items such as graphing
calculators and language dictionaries, along with all your
basics. Let your kids pick out a few things, too. You’ll
also need to purchase new uniforms and donate anything
that no longer fits. Rainy summer days are great for closet
Make a fool-proof schedule
: Life is about to get crazy.
If you don’t have one already, get a really good planner and
put it to good use. Make sure your older children have a
planner, too; it’s a lifesaver.
Triple-check summer homework
: It happens every
year. That dreaded moment, just days before the school
year starts, where your child comes to you with puppy eyes
to inform you that she needs three books to complete her
summer homework – which was assigned back in May.
This year, be on top of the game and ask her (every hour, if
need be) if she has summer reading.
Be camera ready
: You know you’re going to take
countless pictures of your kids on their first day. It’s
tradition. So make sure you’ve got fresh batteries in the
camera, a full charge on your smartphone and plenty of
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