Get Papers in order for back to school. While you’re calling the school, ask what paperwork your child will need to start. Take care of any missing vaccinations or forms ASAP, then gather all the papers in a large, clearly marked envelope or file and photocopy everything.
From: Scholastic Parents
Keep your evenings as free as possible during the first week of school for all those unpredictable errands that have to be run that first week.
Sing a Lullaby – The long loved lullaby does just that, it helps lull babies and toddlers to sleep.
Instead of using a fork and knife to cut up toddler food try using a pair of scissors.
Readers of all ages, especially those who share a household with a cat, will giggle at Barbara Jean Hicks’s cat’s-eye-view of humans, The Secret Life of Walter Kitty.
Walter may overestimate his talents as a housekeeper (a la Amelia Bedelia) and conqueror of “scurvy scoundrels,” but his People don’t mind… and neither will his reading audience.
Let you kids help with chores around the house. It teaches them responsibility and gives you some hands on help.
From: Lil’ Fingers.com
As summer ends so does your child’s freedom to sleep in and eat erratically. Ease him back into a school schedule by shifting his bedtime back to a school-day bedtime and waking him closer to the hour he’ll need to rise. Also start serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks a few weeks before classes begin on a school schedule to help his appetite adjust.
From: Scholastic Parents
Praise effort, not results.
If you have moved or your child is moving up to a new school, call and find out when you can come in and tour the school. Everyone will breathe easier if they know where they are going the first day.
Need to battle the clutter? Take one area at a time.Sort through stuff, clean & dust as you go. Get rid of things that don’t fit who you are
Expose your baby to about 30 minutes of light each morning. Why? Light suppresses the release of the sleep hormone melatonin; this helps set her internal clock — making it easier for her to fall asleep at night.
Wrapped in basic, grocery-bag-brown paper, Not a Box this streamlined book visualizes a child’s imagined games.
When kids are learning to speak don’t correct them constantly- if they say “us are doing something”, or “me” in lieu of “I” that’s also okay
Shop for your back to school items early. Don’t be left to frantically sift through the picked-over rubble in the school supplies section of your local department store to find a pencil case of a particular style and color.
Introduce juice in cup rather than bottle, so child won’t want to go to sleep drinking this from bottle. It could cause tooth decay.
When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.
Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
Prepare for back to school by marking all their stuff! Put your child’s name on the back of everything including backpack, books, jackets, and even shoes.
When choosing a school visit and observe. Make sure you visit a real class – don’t just read about it.
By the time your child reaches two or three years of age, she’ll be ready to start throwing things and wanting to catch them. This is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.