It’s that time of year again…. the most dreaded/celebrated event depending on whether you are a parent or student…. the first day of school. And while we can’t be with our child during the school day to make sure they are paying attention or to fend off bullies there are some things that we can do at home to prepare our kids for learning. The one single thing I found most helpful after years of running around like a mad woman in the morning is to lay out everything my child will need the night before. That includes lunches packed, clothes and matching socks ready to step into, and backpacks with finished homework already waiting in the car. Not only does this help create a much calmer beginning to our day but I could avoid the dirty looks I got from teachers when my child arrived late for school 🙂 Here are some other easy tips that I found helpful!