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With school only a month or two away, it takes some work to get prepared for school, for both parents and children. Whether it's getting school supplies, clothes, or even getting mentally prepared, it's important to be ready for the upcoming school year. With these simple tips, both you and your children will be prepared.

Transportation safety.

Whether your child walks to school, rides the bus, or however she gets to school, it is important to teach her about traveling safely to school and being aware of her surroundings. If your child walks to school, walk with her for the first week or two to make sure the route is safe. If she takes the bus, teach her some basic etiquette to riding on a bus, such as not distracting the bus driver with things such as screaming, loud music, etc.

Get some exercise.

Encourage your child to exercise throughout the week, whether that means enrolling her in a sport at school, going on family bike rides, whatever it may be. Not only will it help her to stay in shape, but it also will help keep your brain healthy as well. Exercising releases certain chemicals in the brain, which in turn helps you stay more concentrated and have a better memory, which can be a huge plus during the school year. Of course, there are various other health benefits that come with exercising, all of which can benefit you and your child throughout the school year.

Ease into the school year schedule.

Ease your child into a school year schedule roughly one to two weeks before school starts. Get her used to going to bed earlier, as well as waking up earlier. That way when school starts, itís not as difficult to get her to go to bed or wake up early. Just remember that your child needs more sleep than adults do, and that getting enough sleep will also help her to function better in school.

Plan healthy meals.

Plan all the meals ahead of time, that way not only will you already have a plan of what to make for you child for all three meals each day during the week, but you wonít have to be in a rush to figure out what to make each morning. That also means shop for food ahead of time, as well as prep most of the food ahead too, that way most of the food is already ready to go. Having most of the food ready to go the weekend before will not only create a lot less stress for you during the week, but it can also help you plan out more nutritious meals for your child for the week.

Utilizing these easy tips to prepare for the school year will not only help you have a less stressful life, but it will also benefit your child as well. The last thing anyone wants to go through is a high stress life during the first few weeks of school.
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