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With the start of the school year just around the corner, parents are starting to think about how to prepare their children for the upcoming year. Here are a few things parents can do right now to get started:

  • Make sure children are up-to-date on their vaccinations. This is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their child’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children need to be vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and varicella. Parents can check with their child’s doctors to see which vaccines they need and when they should get them.
  • Start shopping for school supplies. This will help parents avoid the last-minute rush and ensure that their child has everything they need for the first day of school. Parents should be sure to check their school’s supply lists to see what is required.
  • Help their child get organized. This may mean setting up a homework space, creating a weekly planner or helping them sort through their belongings. Helping their child get organized will help them stay on top of their schoolwork and reduce stress.
  • Talk to children about their expectations for the school year. What are they hoping to learn? What are they looking forward to? What are they a little bit nervous about? Talking to children about their expectations will help them feel more prepared for the upcoming year.
  • Get involved in their child’s school. This could mean volunteering in the classroom, attending school events or simply being a supportive parent. Getting involved in their child’s school will help parents stay connected with their child’s education and make sure they are getting the most out of their experience.
Back to School: Parents prepare for the new year
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By taking these steps now, parents can help their children have a successful start to the school year.

Additional tips for parents preparing for the school year:

  • Set up a routine. This will help children get into a regular sleep schedule and make it easier for them to wake up and get ready for school in the morning.
  • Make sure children have a healthy breakfast. This will give them the energy they need to focus and learn throughout the day.
  • Pack healthy lunches. This will help children avoid unhealthy snacks and junk food during the day.
  • Encourage children to read. Reading is a great way to improve children’s literacy skills and help them learn new things.
  • Help children manage their time. This will help them stay on top of their schoolwork and avoid procrastination.
  • Be supportive. Let children know that they are there for them and that they believe in them.

By following these tips, parents can help their child have a successful start to the school year.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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