Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 13

Pre-teens can be strongly influenced by friends. If your child has friends who only want to socialize and not learn, find ways to keep your child engaged in school and learning. Continue to encourage his or her curiosity.

Tip of the Day August 12

Middle school behavior can sometimes be influenced by peers or life changes—such as attending a new school. Continue to ask questions and be engaged with your kid. He needs you!

Tip of the Day August 11

A move to middle or junior high school means more responsibilities. If you find that your child needs help managing his new middle school schedule, set up a daily assignment checklist to keep at home and review daily.

Tip of the Day August 10

If you’re unfamiliar with your child’s school dress code, check the school website and take the opportunity to set guidelines about clothing allowance and the type of clothes your child is permitted to wear.

Tip of the Day August 9

Go back-to-school shopping together. Most middle school teachers will provide specific lists of supplies for their classes. Shopping from a teacher-supplied list will ensure your child has the right supplies, and could save you money and time.

Tip of the Day August 8

Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. This will save you precious time and prevent stress in the long run!

Tip of the Day August 7

Keep back to school supplies together, by the door. Books and homework should be placed inside backpacks, and backpacks placed near the door to eliminate rushing around in the morning.

Tip of the Day August 6

Grab a stuffed animal, or a spouse, and role play out some of the potentially stressful scenarios your child may encounter at a new school: making friends, encountering older kids and encounters with strangers.

Tip of the Day August 5

Will your child be taking a bagged lunch to school or purchasing lunch at the school cafeteria? Plan out bagged lunches at least a week in advance.

Tip of the Day August 4

Try to schedule a brief introduction with your child’s teacher before school starts, or send your child’s teacher an e-mail introducing yourself. Your enthusiasm will give teachers a positive outlook on parent involvement in the classroom.