Are You Ready For the First Day of School?
Are you ready for school to start? I am sure a lot of parents are enthusiastically nodding their heads yes right now! Some of us, including myself, may be a little sad (my baby is going to college out of state). The first day of school can be a very stressful and exciting time. As parents, we want to make sure our children are prepared for the new year– not only with school supplies but mentally as well. So how can we be ready for school to start?
First we can take advantage of the great back to school tax-free holiday going on right now in the MacDill AFB area. The tax-free holiday started Friday and will continue until midnight Sunday August 16th. I have noticed a lot of the retail stores with big sales on school supplies to get you shopping. The Florida Department of Revenue has all the information on what products can be purchased under the tax-free holiday.
Next, take a look at the article “Back to School Checklist” by fellow writer Dawn Smith. This checklist can help you whether you are new to the MacDill AFB area or a Tampa Bay native. Dawn makes some great suggestions on getting your child mentally ready for school. Her suggestions for getting your kids involved in activities prior to school starting will definitely help with those first day of school jitters.
Take your kids to visit their school. Take part in some of the great back to school fairs going on in the area. Did you know MacDill AFB has its own school liaison officer? Her name is Nelly Richards and she’s a great contact for parents to use when navigating the Hillsborough County schools. The school district also employs several military family liaisons. These are great resources to use to make sure your child is using all the resources available to them as a military dependent. This information may be especially important if you have moved to the area recently and are still trying to find a new home and get the kids enrolled in school before the first day of school August 25th.
So are you ready for the first day of school? Talking with a few of my teacher friends, I realize not only should parents make sure the child is prepared with school supplies, but they need to be mentally prepared by knowing what is expected of them, what the school looks like, and that as a parent you will be there to support them in this new adventure. I think as a parent being ready for the first day of school helps me also. Knowing they have everything they need, knowing they are headed to a safe and happy environment, and lastly knowing they are happy and as excited for the first day as I am will make the first day a little less stressful. I know I will be crying like I did when I took my first to kindergarten, and I am sure many of you will be too!!
I would love to share with my readers how many of you get ready for the first day of school. I know you all have some great tricks up your sleeve, especially my fellow military spouses. Please share them here in the comments section of the blog or on the MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can even send us a tweet! Just click the buttons above!
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