Back-to-School Link Up & Giveaway

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Summer is winding down, and believe it or not, it is almost back-to-school time for the little ones.  This year, my own two are headed to school for the first time and I will also be heading back-to-school!  So, needless to say, we are consumed by back-to-school excitement around here and hoping to get started on the right foot.  Here are a few strategies we will be trying as well as a few ideas by other bloggers.


1.  Implement a morning routine before school starts.  We will be adding a new “Start” Behavior strategy to our routine by using a simple chart for the boys.  Charting is one of the seven simple and practical “Start Behavior” tactics suggested in the our family’s personal discipline bible, 1-2-3 Magic.  See Giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy of the book, 1-2-3 Magic! 



2.  Return to an early bedtime.  With the long days of summer, bedtime often gets pushed later and later.  (We are totally guilty of this at our house.)  A week or so before school begins, we plan to start inching that bedtime back to a reasonable hour for the kids…and for us!


3.  Talk up the school year with excitement.  On a recent trip the the library, we found a few books about preschool and the first day of school.  We’re already starting to work those books into our rotation.  After reading and talking about school, I’m hoping to incorporate some school “play” into our routine.

4.  Attend “Meet and Greet” events.  Many veteran back-to-school parents have told me to take the boys in for to see and/or meet their teachers to before school starts to help ease first day jitters.  With that in mind, we’re looking forward to our “Milk and Cookies” meet and greet at the end of the month!


5.  Be prepared.  Make a family outing to get back-to-school favorites like the coveted new backpack, fresh pencils, notebooks, and folders, or a new pair of tennis shoes.



Bonus #1.  Give Back.  As you celebrate and anticipate starting on the right foot with your own family, consider taking a moment to share the love with some students in need.  With a few clicks of the mouse, you can donate a back-to-school supply kit to a Boys & Girls Clubs of America member via this simple and short quiz.  It’s fast and FREE and a tangible way to help a child in need feel ready and excited for school.  (And, it might even be a good family opportunity to talk about giving and service to others.)
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Bonus #2:  Review your family discipline routine.  Help the whole family get ready for the new season by reviewing the household discipline system.  You can enter below to win a copy of 1-2-3 Magic for Parents (our family discipline “bible”) AND a copy of 1-2-3 Magic for Kids.  (And check out our review of the new kids book, too!)

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Finally, see the ideas below, link up your own, and follow our Pinterest Board for more great Back-to-School ideas.

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  1. These are great tips. My oldest is starting pre-K this year. We are going to visit her school again this week to get familiar with everything. Thanks for joining Jelli and I this week for Mommy-Brain mixer.

  2. I love the chart. I’m thinking of making a picture chart for our day soon. Just one more thing on the to-do list!! :)

  3. I’ve been guilty of not doing #3. I’m dreading back-to-school as much as my kids, and I know they pick up on that from me. Need to stop that, and start being more positive about it.

  4. Great reminder tips! Being prepared is so important to making a smooth transition! I loved your calendar! :)

  5. Great tips! My youngest is starting preschool and I really think she thinks her big brother is going to be in her class, so I think I am going to need tips when she realizes he is not! Thanks!

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