- Before school starts, spend some time with your kids and discuss what to expect on their first day of school. Listen carefully to their feedback and use it to provide helpful tips on how to interact with new people and adjusting to unfamiliar teachers and classes.
- Double-check you kids know their pick-up times and locations. Be prompt to drop off and arrive at those set locations.
- If you’re getting a new backpack for your child, look for one with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. This reduces the chance of injury from lugging heavy books from class to class.
- Arrange contents in the backpack so that you use all compartments. Place heavier items closer to the center of the back. Rule-of-thumb: don’t exceed a load more than 10-20% of your child's body weight.
- Remind your kids that carrying a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles – always use BOTH straps.
- Have your kids set their own alarm clocks to get up in the morning. Praise them for prompt response to morning schedules and bus pickups.
- Go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.