Previous Tips of the Day

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.

Tip of the Day August 3

Pack up the kids and pay a visit to school on the Saturday before opening day. A tour around the campus can be a simple way to ease the first-day jitters.

Tip of the Day August 2

Encourage your kids to find books that excite them. Don’t overlook types of reading that may not interest you (graphic novels, magazines). The point is to keep them reading, which promotes school success.

Tip of the Day August 1

School success starts at home. Create a homework center (an office desk, a kitchen table) where your child can do homework. Make sure that it’s stocked with enough supplies!

Tip of the Day July 31

Support out-of-school reading by getting your child a library card. (Actually, get everyone in your family a library card.) Then make it a habit to go to the library once a week to find new books.