Get your kids ready to head back to school with this countdown checklist

ByDonna Tetreault, ABC Parenting Contributor WTVD logo
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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Get your kids ready to head back to school with this countdown checklist

Many families are just a few weeks out from the all-important first day of school. Though many teachers, students and parents may be ecstatic, sometimes preparing for the routine and grind of the new school year can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you're still in a summertime state of mind.

Not to worry, because we have you covered with a foolproof plan to get you and your kids ready throughout the back-to-school season.

Four weeks out:

  • Get back-to-school clothes shopping out of the way
  • Begin to re-establish a regular bedtime routine for your kids
  • Complete all back-to-school paperwork

Two weeks out:

  • Make appointments to see your pediatrician, dentist and/or eye doctor
  • Finish any "summer homework" assignments
  • Have your kids start to spend 15-30 minutes each day focused on reading and math to get into the school mindset

One week out:

  • Shop for back-to-school supplies
  • Review technology rules in the home as it pertains to the school week
  • Figure out a daily routine with your significant other, including who is responsible for breakfast/making lunches/driving kids to and from school

Three days out:

  • Have your kids pick out their outfits for the entire first week of school
  • Prepare backpacks and supplies for the first day of school
  • Go food shopping with your kids to get healthy lunchtime meals and snacks

The night before:

  • Enjoy a family meal together. Talk about the new year ahead and share stories about previous first days of school. Enjoy each other's company!
  • Everyone gets a good night's sleep
  • Envision a smooth first day of school