Have your children started back to school yet? Today was the first day of school for kids here in CT. I don't know who was happier -- the parents or the kids? As I watched the kids get up on the bus at 6:30AM, I wondered how other parents prepared their children for the start of school. Even though Savannah hasn't started school yet, I have been helping my nephew, and am seeing firsthand how both children and parents can get overwhelmed with the long to-do lists? When did going back to school become a chore? I guess as children we never recognized what parents did to help make the transition back to school easier -- buying and getting the new clothes ready, filling our new backpacks with supplies, beginning to stock up on lunchbox snacks, and most importantly breaking our routines of staying up late and waking up late. I remember my mom would begin a month in advance of getting us back on a sleep schedule. I always hated these times, as I felt I was losing out on summer by coming home and going to bed early, only to get up at the crack of dawn. But, now that most children board the bus between 6:15-7:00AM, you have to do this for those children who like to sleep in.
If you are still in the midst of preparing your children for back to school, why not let the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and Disney help. They have partnered to launch the Tools for Back to School Initiative. This initiative features a pop-quiz style game, where supplies are donated to BGCA for every correct answer you score.
So what are you waiting for? Click here - http://www.bgca.org/backtoschool/Pages/Landing.aspx -- to play and help those in need with school supplies just by answering some fun questions.
In addition BGCA has also partnered with Jcpenney – and in August you can join jcp cares and round up your purchase at the register to benefit BGCA. Learn more about this promotion ending soon by clicking here -- http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/jsp/browse/marketing/promotion.jsp?pageId=pg40013300014
So, don't wait until the last few days of summer to prepare your kids for back to school. If you start now, it will make the transition much easier on everyone. And, when the kids get on the bus come the first day of school, everyone will be happy! BGCA is here to help with different educational content and tip sheets for parents to download and utilize. You can find them on the left hand side of the BGCA site under the "Get Ready" header. -- http://www.bgca.org/backtoschool/Pages/Landing.aspx. They are offering tips on time management (see below), preparing for college, helping children set goals, Powerhour tips, and tips just for parents. These tip sheets are definitely worth checking out and sharing with your children. Just look at the sheet I downloaded and have been using to help me with better time management -- :-)
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Boys and Girls Club. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.