Let’s admit it. Getting the kids ready to go back to school can be exciting and also somewhat stressful. However, there are a few things you can start doing to make sure that you and your child are prepared. Here are a few ideas to help calm the nerves and ensure a smooth transition.


  • Schedule a Tour
    Most schools host an open house and it’s always a good idea to help your child get acquainted or reacquainted with their environment. Explore the playground or his or her new classroom to help avoid those first-day jitters.
  • Practice Getting to School
    Whether your child takes a bus, train, or car to school, practicing the morning routine will help everyone feel comfortable and prepared. Spend a few days before school setting the alarm clock and going through the morning routine. Have your child practice getting to school on time. This way, you’ll know if you need to make changes before the actual first day of school.
  • Prepare Documents and Records
    Some schools require documents or immunization records on registration day. Get prepared by calling ahead and seeing what types of documents your child needs. It’s also always a good idea to get copies of your child’s physical exam in case athletics is in his or her future.