To help ensure that the entire school year goes off without a hitch, you will want to do all that you can to prepare for all of it before the year begins. It might seem like a lot, but if you take it in small steps, it can save you from a lot of frustration throughout the rest of the year.
Consult The Student Handbook
It is very important to make sure that you are taking the time to thoroughly read through the student handbook. This is where you are going to learn all of the rules for the things that you will be purchasing for your child’s upcoming school year. For example, there may be certain shoes or lengths of clothing that your child will not be allowed to wear to school. There may be certain styles of book bags that cannot be brought into the school. Knowing all of this will help you refrain from having to deal with a disappointed or embarrassed child and some wasted money.
Shopping For School Clothes
You will want to shop for fall, winter, and spring clothes if you are living in a region that has drastic weather changes throughout the year. Consider getting clothes in one size larger for the end of the school year and be sure to keep all of the receipts just in case you need to return anything. While you can still shop throughout the year as your child wants something new, you will at least have enough clothes should you need them. This way, you will know that your child will not be going without.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of shopping for clothing sizes that you suspect your child will wear during the second half of the year, you can get yourself a gift card for the clothing stores you like and tuck that aside in your wallet until you are ready to go shopping. Sure, you will still have to go on the shopping trip, but the most stressful part of it – the financial end of it, will already be taken care of. You can also use those gift cards to shop online for clothing, which will allow you and your child to casually look through some unique options.
Shopping With Sensory Issues In Mind
If you have a child with some sensory issues, you know that clothes shopping can be an obstacle at times. However, if you are plan ahead of time for this, it should not be as much of a problem. A good place to begin to find seamless clothing for children. This starts with the under-clothes, such as the underwear, bra-like tops, and socks. Along with those items not having any seams that will upset your child, having under-clothes with the right amount of compression is ideal. It will provide your child with just the right amount of security.
Determine Sick Day Options
Parents that have to work outside of the home will need to make sure that they are appropriately planning for sick days that are bound to happen at one point during the year. Talk with friends or family that are generally at home during the day. Ask if they could be a back-up babysitter for the times when your child has to miss school. You may also want to give the school their contact information and permission for those people to pick up your child during the day if he or she becomes sick during class.
By doing your best to prepare for the entire school year before it has begun, you will find that you are not going to stress out as much throughout the year. You will also have plenty of time left to tackle homework assignments and after-school activities.