Can you believe that summer is almost over and its time for kids to go back to school? With an endless school supply list, organizing their carpool, and the responsibility of getting your kids out the door on time, there are a lot of fun facts about back-to-school craziness to help you cope. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own!) with our fact or fiction rundown, which features everything you need to know about sending your kids back to school!

Your Kids Will Dread the First Day of School: Fiction

Girl having trouble sleeping.

The first day of school doesn’t have to be scary. Remind your child there are probably a lot of students who are just as uneasy about the first day as they are. This applies to any school age. Teachers know how exhausting the first day is, so they make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. You can also make the day easier by pointing out the positive aspects of starting school, like seeing old friends.

Tip: Get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8.5 hours of sleep each night to feel rested. Sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class and can also make it harder to concentrate.

Choosing the Right Type of Backpack is Important: Fact

School age kids running to class.

It’s essential to choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps, a padded back, waist belt, and multiple compartments. No matter how well-designed the bag is, less weight is always better. When putting items inside the backpack, be sure to place heavier items closest to the center of the back. If the school allows, consider a rolling backpack for your child. But don’t forget that the bag still must be carried upstairs, and they can be challenging to fit in some lockers.

Tip: Backpacks are great for carrying everything around, so check out our backpack guide for tips on making them trendy!

The More After-School Activities, the Better: Fiction

Children playing soccer.

When it comes to after-school activities, you should go for quality and not quantity. Extracurricular activities come with a wealth of benefits for children. Giving kids something to do that interests them can increase their confidence and provide them with direction and purpose. Being part of a volunteer group, marching band, photography, or computer lab allows them the opportunity to practice and experiment with socialization skills. Too many scheduled activities are overwhelming and stressful, especially for younger children. You don’t want to make it harder for them to concentrate on schoolwork because they’re thinking about all the things they have to do after class.

Tip: Do more at school, and you’ll have less to do at home. Take advantage of those times during the school day when you’re not in class. Review notes, go to the library or computer lab, get a head-start on your homework.

Shopping for School Supplies can be Enjoyable: Fact

Mother and daughter shopping for a backpack.

Grab the school supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Many supermarkets and shopping centers provide shopping lists of schools in their area. Having the right tools and supplies will help your child feel prepared.

Tip: While keeping basic needs in mind, let your child pick out the colors of the notebooks or buy them cool pens for class. It’ll make the task enjoyable for them instead of stressful.

Schedules will Fall into Place Once School Starts: Fiction

Little boy putting on school uniform.

After a summer of sleeping in or doing things on your time, the first bell of school can be a rude awakening. Dread it or love it, you have to go to school. How can you combat first-day chaos? Avoid all the mayhem of the first day of school by practicing your routine a few days in advance. This will allow you time to make mistakes, and you’ll be able to fix them before the real first day of school. Routines help children feel comfortable and establishing these habits in advance will make the first day so much smoother.

Tip: The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is never more real than when you’re going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast.

There will be Enough Left Over to Treat Yourself: Fact

Mom shopping Online Auctions at Shop LC.

With school back in session, it’s going to get busy for kids AND parents. As parents, we often spend all our time looking after everyone else and forgetting about ourselves. If you don’t look after yourself, you may end up feeling tired and overworked. Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Take some time off and give yourself the pampering you truly deserve.

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