By now, your family has had enough weeks to transition, but if not, read on....
It's time to get your household fully organized for another school year and all that comes with it.
Whether your child has headed off to kindergarten or went away to college, these useful tips can help make the continued transition back to the regimented school year easier and get your busy household organized for the rest of the upcoming season.
* Tour the school. It is important to visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environment.
* Meet the teacher. Introduce yourself to your child's teacher and discuss the best ways to communicate with him or her throughout the school year. Some teachers prefer to keep the conversation going through email while others are more casual and utilize phone calls or in-person meetings.
* Get into a routine. Set your kids' sleep schedules back to "school time" at least two weeks before the first day.
* Get your kids involved in sports or other activities they can do after school to keep them active.
Middle and High School
* Have a conversation about technology. In this day and age, it's nearly impossible to avoid tech. Many students probably have schoolwork that requires use of the internet. It's important to have a conversation with your children about reducing time spent on their laptops to educational purposes during the week.
* Keep track of everyone's schedule. There are plenty of free family calendar applications available for smartphones and other devices that can help you keep up with all members of the family and stay organized.
* Simplify the laundry routine. When it's your child's first time living on his or her own, you'll want to do everything you can to make things easier.
By implementing some of these simple tips, you and your kids can feel your best, setting up a continued seamless, stress-free transition back to the school year.