It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start buying school supplies and picking out new lunch boxes for the upcoming school year. August and September bring new teachers, new friends, new school supplies, and maybe even a new haircut! In the spirit of new beginnings, and to help you get your school year off to a great start, we have some tips for you and your kiddos to make the transition from lazy days to school days as smooth as possible. Here are some things parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year, too.
Back to School Tips
Tour the School! If there is an open house, definitely make plans to be there. Meeting the teacher, walking to their classroom and touring the school can cut out some first day jitters for the little ones. It helps them feel more comfortable with their surroundings, and the teacher is a friendly face and not a stranger on the first morning!
Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. To make that first morning of wakeup smooth sailing, start school bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.
Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. And who are we kidding? It saves you precious time during those hectic mornings when you’ve got it planned and ready All you have to do is grab the lunch box!
Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also cause anxiety in kids. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.
Mosquitoes: Too Cool for School
While it’s tempting to cut back on your mosquito barrier treatments because the kids aren’t out in the yards, you definitely want to think twice about that. The treatment effectiveness remains high because of consistent treatments throughout the summer months. If your kids are anything like I was in school, after a long day, they’ll be itching for some outside fun at home. Make sure that’s the only itching going on around your house.
Mosquitoes can be tricky creatures. They lay eggs, hibernate, and can survive some pretty frigid temperatures while in hibernation. So don’t be too quick to end your mosquito control treatments! All the eggs that were laid can also survive the colder temps and only need water and temperatures above 55 degrees to hatch. If you end your season of mosquito sprays early, it gives female mosquitoes a chance to not only make your yard a home, but lay more eggs before the first freeze. Those last few mosquito treatment sprays are vitally important to make sure technicians get rid of those last mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes will stay active until the first freeze and temperatures stay below 50 degrees, so make sure your backyard remains an oasis until the summer isn’t officially over. Because we know all too well, mosquitoes didn’t get the back to school memo and they’ll hang around.
Wishing you all a fantastic 2016-2017 school year from Mosquito Joe!