Can you believe it? You made it to the first day of public school already! It wasn’t as hard or difficult as you though, huh. Good, glad to hear it. Now that the first day is in sight, what can you do as Mom/Dad to make this transition on their first day amazing? Well, I’m glad you asked because that is just what we are going to be talking about today.
The Night Before
Have a simple quick dinner so you will have plenty of time to work on getting ready for the big day. This is just for this one day and will really help you all have a relaxed evening.
- Have your child pick out their clothes for the next day and place them somewhere easy to remember. Make sure this place is someplace they can always put their clothes. Routine is key here, and this is the start of one.
- Place their shoes and socks with their outfit.
- Open up those school supplies and organize them.
- Make sure their backpack is packed with what supplies they will need.
- If you have been following along, you know I highly recommend having kids get the school lunches. Make sure their lunch money check is somewhere they know, so they can hand it into their teacher. Some schools hand out parent/teacher folders. If your school does not, now is the time to get that system set up for your child. Could be a folder, or even a special section of their backpack. Having their important papers in one place, always, makes it much more likely that those papers will actually make it to their teachers.
- Have an emergency phone number list in their bag, somewhere they know about. The school will have all these, but still good for the kids themselves to have access to your contact information.
- What is the weather like for the next day? Will they need snow pants, raincoat, sweater or something else? If they do, now is the time to add it to their backpack.
- Once it is all packed, place it right by their clothes.
What is your bedtime routine? Whatever it is, now is the time to make sure it is firmly in place. Having a tired kiddo on the first day of public school is not going to help anyone.
- Give a warning about bedtime coming up.
- Follow up when the time has come for them to start getting ready for bed.
- Go through the routine with them, giving one direction at a time, if needed.
- All the while make sure to keep the mood light and fun.
- When it is time to tuck them in bed, you can talk to them again about how the morning is going to go. Repeating this information right before bed can help set the morning straight. Besides, you never know if they will have more questions.
- Make sure to leave them with a positive note about how exciting tomorrow is going to be.
The Morning Of
- Try to get up well before the kids need to be woken up so you can get them going in a good mood.
- When it is time to wake them up, make sure to keep the wake up positive.
- Remind them to get dressed using the clothes they laid out the night before. Once they are dressed, they can eat their breakfast. Very important! I can not tell you how many times the kids have stalled while eating and then we are late getting out the door because they had not been dressed yet. Worst case, they have to eat on their way to school.
- Sit down and have breakfast with them. Talk about how excited you are for them and enjoy this morning. After they head off to school, it will be much quieter.
- Have them help you clean up the table. Even though we are more on a rigid schedule, does not mean that they should slack off on taking care of themselves or their family.
- Double check to make sure they have their backpack and head out the door.
You did you! You have got them off to their first day of public school. Being organized the night and getting them on board with setting and keeping a routine, is the key. Congrats!
My Last Tip and Surprise
All these tips are great, but won’t help you much if you don’t keep up with the routine we have worked through. My last tip of the day is to put these tasks on a checklist for your child. Kids need direction. If they don’t have a list to let them work through it on their own, they are going to be relying on you to be their guide. There will come a day that you might sleep in, or don’t feel well. Just the slightest change in the routine could set off a whirlwind of frustration for your child.
To help you keep this awesome momentum going, I have created three checklists to print out and get you started, only for my email subscribers. Laminate it and hang it on their bedroom door, or the refrigerator. Any place that is easily seen by both you and your child. So sign up below to get these awesome printables emailed right to you. Print them out, add your routine tasks, and keep that awesome momentum going.