Back to school time stirs up excitement for the entire family.  There are new schools to explore, new clothes and supplies to buy and a new schedule to get used to.  As exciting as it can be, it can also be very overwhelming.  Here are a few tips to help you get through the first few months of the new school year.

1. Re-establish school routines.  Figure out what morning and evening schedules will look like and start practicing.  If it's helpful, make responsibility signs for the kids' and hang in their rooms and/or a common space.

2. Create an organized space for backpacks and other school gear.  Having an organized space will keep everyone from scrambling when it's time to head out the door.  Creating a list of things needed for the typical school day and hanging it near this space may also be helpful.

3. Set up a time and place for homework.  Find out where your child would like to get homework done - dining room table, bedroom desk, living room floor...  Help them create a space with few distractions.  Some kids do great with coming home and getting work done right away.  Others need a break and prefer to get things done after dinner.  Work with your child to decide what works best for them and for your family.

4. For those who are working parents away from the home, solidify arrangements for the care of your child before and after school.  Now is a good time to think about what needs to be done if your child will be sick and will need to be cared for during the day.  Making arrangements early on will alleviate the headache of having to figure it out last minute.

5. Talk to teachers whenever you get the chance.  Don't be afraid to tell them what works for your child and what doesn't.  Be open and honest, so that everyone can have a successful school year.

6. Be there for your child.  Always.  Help them through problems they had during the day.  Help them with homework.  Being open and willing to listen to whatever your child needs to talk about is key to their happiness and success.

We hope these tips help your family get off on the right foot this school year.  Do you have any ideas to add?  If so, we'd love to hear about them over on our Facebook page.