Common Forgotten Back to School Preparation Items + Giveaway!

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My boys had their first day of school yesterday. It was full of excitement and nerves – they were excited to see all of their friends again but nervous for the changes and the new expectations. We had a lot of must do items on our back to school list that we are still working on that extends well beyond shopping for school supplies, new clothes and shoes.

Common Forgotten Back to School Preparation Items

So, what are the most two important items that you should include on your back to school preparation list besides the obvious?

Book important medical and dental visits.

It is so important to book an appointment with your family doctor for a general check-up for your child. As they get older and are healthier, we tend to visit the doctor less frequently. Use back to school time as a chance to re-connect with your family doctor, make sure they are meeting developmental milestones as well as being up to date with vaccines. You should also book an appointment to have their eyes checked. This is a service that is covered by OHIP and if they are struggling seeing the boards in class, this could cause other health and behavioural problems.

The Back to School Preparation List

One of the most overlooked visits is to the dentist. Good dental hygiene is so important for your child as they learn to develop good habits now for later on in life. Unfortunately, some children can develop a fear of the dentist early on which can stop them from visiting the dentist and could cause complications like cavities and plague build up. Ensuring you take them for their regular dental checkups will help to feel comfortable at the dentist’s office. Just like a visit to the doctor’s office, you want it to be fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. Choose a dentist and hygienist that your child feels comfortable with. Our boys have long and hilarious conversations with ours – from talks about soccer, school all the way to their friends and what they like to eat.

Help your child return to their school routine at least a week in advance.

Trust me, the earlier you start the routine, the better it will be for you in the long run. During the summer we tend to relax on our rules, spend more time outside and stay up later. This is harder to do once school starts up again and your child needs all of the sleep that they can get.

Start getting them into the habit of waking up at a set time, making their bed and brushing their teeth in the morning. The same goes for bedtime – set a realistic bed time that will be the same during the school year and follow your routine of bath, brushing your teeth and reading a good book.

Common Forgotten Back to School Preparation Items

Children can easily become bored with routines, so keep it fun! Allow them to choose their own toothbrushes – from beloved characters like Spiderman to My Little Pony, from Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ and Orajel™ will make brushing more enjoyable!. I have always loved the battery-operated brushes, it helps to ensure that each tooth is properly cleaned even when your child is not in the mood to brush properly. While they are brushing, play music or dance – get silly! All kids love being silly, no matter what their age.

As we return back to school, the most important thing that you as a parent can do for your child is keep an open line of communication. This is a stressful time for everyone, when your child knows that they can confide in you about their emotions and fears they will be more confident.

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What is the most important back to school preparation item that you do in your house?

Disclosure: I received Arm & Hammer dental products. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Amy Heffernan
Amy Heffernan
4 years ago

Crayons, markers, leds and a book bag! 🙂

Tainan Lu
Tainan Lu
4 years ago

The most important back to school items are books

kathy downey
kathy downey
4 years ago

The most important back to school item on my list every year is a good backpack !

Jonnie
Jonnie
4 years ago

I always get new socks and underwear for the kids. I want them feeling their best and I always feel great when I’m wearing brand new underthings!

Erin W
Erin W
4 years ago

I always need a lot of glue! My daughter goes through it like crazy and if I don’t get it when it’s on sale it can be so expensive!

kristen visser
kristen visser
4 years ago

The most important back to school items on my list every year is clothing and pencil crayons

michelle tremblett
michelle tremblett
4 years ago

The most important for me and the kids are agendas and calendars, I find every year I let the little things slip so I have to start keeping in all organized and writing it down 🙂

Erika Letson
Erika Letson
4 years ago

Usually the most important item for us every year, is a new sturdy backpack for each of the kids!

wendy hutton
wendy hutton
4 years ago

most important item is a comfortable but durable pair of shoes

ivy pluchinsky
ivy pluchinsky
4 years ago

the most important back to school item is a backpack and lunchkit

nicky
nicky
4 years ago

New lunchbag, as the old one is usually stinky and broken 😉

joanne darrell
4 years ago

A laptop is the most I’mportant item on our back to school list.

Robyn Bellefleur
Robyn Bellefleur
4 years ago

Always have an insulated lunch bag on our list.

Gillian Morgan
Gillian Morgan
4 years ago

The most important thing on my list is a a sturdy lunch bag.

Florence Cochrane
Florence Cochrane
4 years ago

The most important back to school item on my list every year is notebooks, pens and pencils.

Maritess
Maritess
4 years ago

The most important thing in my back to school list is a good pair of shoes that will stand the running and jumping.

Maryanne
Maryanne
4 years ago

A new school bag!

loriag
loriag
4 years ago

Every year binders are one of the most important back to school items.

lisa bolduc
lisa bolduc
4 years ago

a new lunch box. they always get pretty stinky

Krista M
Krista M
4 years ago

A new water bottle. Somehow they always get dropped & broken!

Jenny Major
Jenny Major
4 years ago

The most important back to school items are books

Heidi C.
Heidi C.
4 years ago

Along with the school supply list provided each year, a solid backpack is a must for back to school.

dave
dave
4 years ago

new shoes

Erica Seaman
Erica Seaman
4 years ago

Every year my kids need a sturdy lightweight backpack.

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years ago

A backpack is always #1 on the list!

Melinda
Melinda
4 years ago

A backpack that is sturdy and stylish is a most important item every year.

Carole D
Carole D
4 years ago

The most important back to school item is a backpack.

Juliee Fitze
Juliee Fitze
4 years ago

Back pack is the most important one must list. One that fits and doesn’t hurt their backs.

Jolie
Jolie
4 years ago

It’s usually a backpack and school supplies.

Maria
4 years ago

Most important back to school item this year is a backpack

lynn clayton
lynn clayton
4 years ago

for my son its a backpack pens and paper

Bruke B
Bruke B
4 years ago

New shoes and a new back pack are the most important at our house

Josie Tusa
Josie Tusa
4 years ago

A sturdy backpack that can carry everything needed.

Karine
Karine
4 years ago

Buy a lot of notebooks to last through the school year !

Julie bolduc
Julie bolduc
4 years ago

It is always the glue stick we can’t see to have enough

krystyl olson
krystyl olson
4 years ago

new underpants and socks! that way theres no last minite scramble in the morning.

Jessica W
Jessica W
4 years ago

I always pick up new notebooks and multi-coloured pens for colour coding.

Linda
Linda
4 years ago

Our most important back to school item is a strong backpack.

Jeanne Coulombe
Jeanne Coulombe
4 years ago

New sneakers and good lunchbox to keep lunch cold

Stephanie LaPlante
4 years ago

I would definitely say a good backpack that can help your kids avoid back problems.

George Meek
4 years ago

A laptop is the most I’mportant item on our back to school list.

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Cathy Oppedisano
Cathy Oppedisano
4 years ago

Shoes are on the list every year. A child needs to be able to be comfy in their shoes and not slip while playing, running.

Caryn Coates
Caryn Coates
4 years ago

Definitely a good backpack. I find if I buy cheap ones than I am always buying another one in the middle of the school year

Laurie P
Laurie P
4 years ago

backpack, a good water bottle, and proper fitting shoes for the season! We’re dealing with kindergarten.

tammy ta
tammy ta
4 years ago

Shoes are usually one of the most important back to school items on our list.

Elaine Buonsante
Elaine Buonsante
4 years ago

I love new office supplies every September…colourful markers, pencils, binders, folders.

MARGO B
MARGO B
4 years ago

good books n backpack

Marlene J
Marlene J
4 years ago

Most important is backpack, giftcards & hygiene products

Kim K
Kim K
4 years ago

A high quality backpack.

lori b
lori b
4 years ago

a new lunch bag