My children start school this week. I have been working feverishly to get organized for the start of another year. This year, I am entering new territory... I will have one child in elementary school, one in middle school, and my oldest son will start high school. Every day is an unexpected adventure at my house, you never know what sort of issues are going to arise. As you can imagine, my third grader's problems are the easiest to tackle. Anything my teenager throws at me is often new territory and a test of my parenting skills.
I have found that my children are better prepared to start school if we have worked together to make sure they have a designated study area stocked with supplies. I am amazed that new pencils, pens and colorful erasers really can foster good study habits. My tween daughter has decided that some new clothes and shoes will help her transition in to middle school. I am quick to agree as I still have vivid memories of being in sixth grade... She is crazy for this dress and these boots!
How do you prepare your family for the beginning of a new school year? Leave us a comment, we'd love to hear from you.