By Carol Band
Raise a juice box and toast the New Year. If you have kids, the calendar doesn't begin when the ball descends in Times Square, it starts on the first day of school.
It's time to trade in flip-flops for tie shoes, hotdogs for hot lunches and catching fireflies for catching zzzs. … The transition is not always easy. But, with some planning and a little creativity, going back to school can be something to celebrate.
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9 Practical Tips and Ideas to Start this School Year Off Right
|Easing into the Routine: "It's hard for kids to jump into a new routine," says Stacy DeBroff, author of The Mom Book Goes to School and other strategy books for parents. "Ease into the school year gradually."|
|Managing the Mornings: The school bus is coming in five minutes. Your son can't find his gym bag, your daughter needs a permission slip signed and no one remembered to walk the dog. The little things can add up to big stress in the morning. Getting kids up and out of the house isn't easy.|
|Back-to-School Shopping: New shoes, new shirts, new backpacks, new pants … The start of school means new clothes and it can get pretty expensive - especially if you are outfitting several kids.|
|Getting Involved: Public schools today are increasingly dependent on fund-raisers and on volunteers. Luckily, there are ways beyond bake sales for parents to get involved and to make a difference.|
|Meeting the Teacher: Sometimes there's a fine line between being an active, involved parent and being overbearing and pushy. Requesting a meeting with your child's teacher in the early weeks of school falls into the first category.|