Getting ready for back to school requires a little bit of preparation, but if you plan ahead, you can easily get the kids off to school with your sanity intact. The first day of school doesn’t have to be stressful; in fact, it could be the best day of school if everyone is prepared and excited. Here are my favorite tips for making sure that the first day back at school goes smoothly for everyone!
Preparing For The First Day Of School
Seattle’s Best Coffee is on a mission to help parents make the first day of school the best day of school, and I think that with a little preparation, and a little coffee, it can totally happen! They have a great Best Day List on their website with some tips and fun printables to help you make the first day of school super awesome. Head over and grab the list, the free printables, and a coupon for $1 off your next Seattle’s Best Coffee purchase, then come back here to check out my favorite tips for a smooth first day of school.
Start preparing a week in advance
It can be a little rough to make the switch from carefree summer days to school days with a strict schedule. Start getting ready by enforcing bedtimes and wake up times the week before school starts so there aren’t any battles the morning of the first day of school. You can also start getting everybody excited about the first day of school well in advance! As a kid, I always loved school, so it wasn’t hard to be excited about seeing all my friends again and going back to school. Start talking to your kids about what they’re looking forward to the most once school starts up again.
Get ready the night before
The morning of the first day of school is going to be a little hectic; it’s unavoidable. So do as much work as you can the night before to help lessen the load the next morning. Pick out clothes and set them at the foot of the bed, prepare lunches and snacks ahead of time if you can, and make sure everyone’s alarms are set!
(Bonus: The Best Day List includes a bunch of super cute printable lunch box notes you can add to their lunch box to remind your kids you’re thinking of them!)
Wake up a little early the first morning
Give yourself (and your kids!) a little extra time the first morning. Everything will be a little bit hectic and new as you switch from summer schedule to school schedule, plus you’ll be taking pictures etc. so set the alarms half an hour early to make sure you’re not late on the very first day!
And when you do wake up that morning, start your day with a big cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee® to make sure you’re ready to take on the day. Seattle’s Best Coffee understands that parents need a little boost to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is having a great day, so treat yourself to a great cup of coffee in the morning. Seattle’s Best Coffee® is quality coffee that’s affordable; it’s kind of like an upgrade for your morning that tastes delicious!
Don’t forget pictures!
First day of school photos are such a great way to capture those memories. I know my parents still have all of the first day of school photos that they took of me and my brother, and that was a long time ago!
Feel free to be silly with the photos and let their excitement show through! The Best Day List has some fun printable photo props that you can use to jazz up your photos.
AJ made a little foam crown to wear in her first day of school photo, and she had a ton of fun with it!
Remember to make sure your camera is charged the night before so that you’re ready for photos in the morning!
Get everyone excited with a questionnaire
Talking to your kids about the first day of school can help ease worries and get them excited! Part of the Best Day List is a great questionnaire you can print out and use as a conversation starter both before school and after they get home.
Don’t worry about it!
I think the most important thing to remember is that perfection is not the goal. If you get the kids off to school on time and with their backpacks and lunches in their hands, it doesn’t really matter if their socks don’t match or their hair is a little messy. That’s just life! Want to share this article with your friends? Just click any of the share buttons on the left to share with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Seattle’s Best Coffee® and IZEA in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But this coffee is seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂