Guest Op-Ed: How Parents Prepare for the Back to School

By Alexander Rhalimi

As a candidate for Revere Councillor at Large, I understand that the back-to-school season can be a hectic and stressful time for parents as they prepare their children for a new academic year. It’s essential to recognize the efforts parents make to ensure a smooth transition back to school, and as a community, we should support and facilitate these preparations.

Here are some of the ways parents prepare for the back-to-school season:

1. Shopping for Supplies: Parents often spend considerable time and money purchasing school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and shoes for their children. Ensuring that kids have the tools they need for learning is a priority.

2. Organizing Schedules: Coordinating school schedules with extracurricular activities, work commitments, and transportation can be a logistical challenge. Parents work diligently to create routines that work for their families.

3. Healthcare Check-ups: Many parents schedule doctor and dental appointments to make sure their children are in good health before the school year starts. This includes vaccinations, eye exams, and dental cleanings.

4. Discussing Safety: Parents have discussions with their children about safety, whether it’s walking to school, interacting with strangers, or navigating the internet responsibly. These conversations are essential for a child’s well-being.

5. Engaging in Education: Parents often take an active interest in their child’s education by meeting with teachers, attending school orientations, and participating in parent-teacher associations. They also help with homework and encourage a love for learning.

6. Emotional Support: Preparing for school can bring up anxiety and excitement in children. Parents provide emotional support, reassurance, and encouragement to help their children adapt to new challenges.

7. Budgeting: Managing the increased expenses associated with back-to-school shopping requires careful budgeting. Parents prioritize their children’s needs while ensuring financial stability.

8. Promoting Healthy Habits: Parents promote healthy habits like a good sleep schedule, balanced nutrition, and limiting screen time to ensure their children are physically and mentally prepared for school.

As an advocate for education, I recognize the importance of supporting parents in their efforts to prepare for the back-to-school season. It’s vital that our community acknowledges the hard work and dedication of parents and collaborates to create an environment where every child can thrive academically and emotionally.

Alexander Rhalimi is a candidate for councillor-at-large in the upcoming election.

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