Kindergarten-Bound: 4 Tips to Prepare for the New School Year

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And just like that… I have a Kindergartner.

My little guy turned five last week, and I can hardly stand it! Where has the time gone? I can’t believe that in just about a month we’ll be walking into that big elementary school for the very first time—where he’ll be surrounded by friends in a classroom from 8:30 AM to 2:45 PM… Monday through Friday… Through the end of June… Where he’ll eat lunch at a long table in a huge cafeteria with all the big kids… Where he’ll play sports in that massive gymnasium and wear those communal sweaty pinny-vests… Where he’ll climb the rainbow monkey bars and check out books at the library.

WHERE’D MY BABY GO? ‘Scuse me while I grab a tissue—and indulge in a mommy moment.

It’s a bittersweet time for me. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m a total mess prepping and purchasing and stocking up on everything he needs, I need, and WE need to make it a great first day and a successful school year.

We’ve read the books, we’ve talked about it, and we’ve purchased the backpack and the lunchbox, and checked off every item on the mandated supply list… I guess we’re as ready as we’ll ever be. Time to let my baby bird fly…

If you, too, have a big (little) kid going to Kindergarten, moving to a new school district, or even graduating a grade, you know it isn’t always easy getting into the swing of things after a long summer. That’s why I’m sharing four simple tips to help you AND your “baby” prepare for success!

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Get the Essentials—NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute to do your back-to-school shopping. Get it out of the way fast and early, and make it fun experience for the kids! Take them out to lunch, go for ice-cream, and reward them (and yourself!) for a job well done.

TIP: Many school districts and PTAs have partnerships that allow you to easily order your child’s supplies online, in one fell swoop. Then, you can just get some fun stickers and accessories to customize and personalize your kids’ generic gear!

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Keep the Germs at Bay

Indeed, back-to-school season coincides with germ season—and this is no coincidence, my friends! Common colds and viruses and bacteria are ripe for the picking in that big elementary school, in that classroom, on that long table in that huge cafeteria, inside that massive gymnasium, on those sweaty communal pinnes, all over those monkey bars, and on the sleeves of those must-borrow library books. Blech!

My boy knows from our half-day preschool routine, that as soon as we get home, we take off the shoes, wash our hands, and change our clothes—it’s an easy way to avoid the spread of germs!

But despite our best efforts, germs and bugs are colds (oh my!) are an inevitable part of childhood. And that’s why I couldn’t survive the school year without my trusty Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. You better believe that I wipe down every counter top, every doorknob, every sink, and surface in our home to prevent the spread of infection! Eeks.

Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes help kill germs and bacteria, and remove grease, dirt, and other nastiness you can find lurking in your home (and school!). They help kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, as well as 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria – plus Staph, E. Coli, salmonella and strep.

I keep to-go packs of Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes in my diaper bag, purse, and car—because, with kids, mess and spills and germs and general grossness tend to go with the territory. Heck, I even plan on giving the teacher a welcome basked filled with Clorox® Disinfecting wipes and tissues—a helpful hint and subtle reminder to keep the classroom as clean and germ-free as possible.

Best of all, you can feel great knowing your Clorox® purchase is doing its job and doing some good. This year, the brand has extended its partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the leading platform for giving to public schools. Last year, together, they funded almost 800 projects and reached more than 57,300 students; and Clorox® donated $150,000 via a dollar-for-dollar match offer on Donors Choose.

TIP: You, too, can get involved simply by shopping for school supplies. For every $5 worth of qualifying Clorox® and Glad® products purchased, you will save $1 and the Clorox Company will donate $1 to classrooms in need through Donors Choose (up to $5, delivered via PayPal credit). Go to www.CloroxForSchools.com to find out more and get started.

Open the Lines of Communication

There are a lot of pressures on kids these days! And going back to the classroom—or heading to Kindergarten for your first day of big-kid school can be intimidating and anxiety-producing. Talk it out, ask lots of questions, and help work through those worries.

TIP: If your child is nervous or disinterested in starting a new grade, head to your local library or book store and pick out a few new bedtime reads. There are lots amazing kid-lit picks to help inspire budding scholars and get them excited about learning.

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Set Up Play Dates and Make Plans

Set up some play dates and group plans for your kids leading up to the first day of school to get them back in the social groove.

Tip: New to your community or school district? Head to the local playground, and chat up the other mamas! It’s a great way for you and your kids to make new friends!

Instill Healthy Habits

I’ve been very lax about bedtime this summer, but now that the school year is approaching, I’m starting to instill those important sleep habits once again. We’re gradually creeping bedtime back to its regular time slot and trying to return to the comfort of a routine.

Likewise, we’re getting back into the swing of things in the morning—kicking off the day with a healthy fruit smoothie and nutrition-packed breakfast. Full tummy for a full day!

And he’s ready for it!.... As for me? A pack of tissues for those first-day tears (mine, not his!) and some Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and, Kindergarten here we come!

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