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Top Tips to Start the School Year Positively

After the fun of summer, the school bell strikes again to signal the start of a new school year. It is an exciting time for children and parents alike – new teachers, classmates, classrooms, activities and in some cases, a new school altogether. But it can also be stressful for the exact same reasons! Big Little Lies anyone? With a week or so to go, we have tips to help ease into the school year and start off on a positive note.

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  • Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time” a week to two weeks before the first day of school.
  • Visit cultural attractions like museums to shift their brains into “scholar” mode. A few of our favorites include: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, LACMA and the California Science Center.
  • Get your kids involved in programs they can do after school to keep them active.

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  • Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments to help keep everyone organized.
  • Designate an activity-free day for relaxation or spontaneous family adventures.
  • Visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environment.
  • Talk to your kids about what they can expect on their first day so they feel more prepared.

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  • If possible, arrange playdates with a couple of your kids’ friends to rebuild existing social ties
  • Include your kids in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out their items.
  • Breathe!