Getting back in gear to head back to school

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 -- 9:55pm

It's to time get back in gear to head back to school. But, it's not just school supplies that families need to worry about.

While kids may be used to going to bed later during the summer, they'll soon have to get used to going to sleep a little bit earlier, something the Funk family admits isn't the easiest thing to do.

"We probably don't do the greatest job. We kind of rip the band-aid off” says mom, Brandi.

But, for Brandi, the hardest transition back into school mode isn't getting her two girls to bed or out of bed.

"I think one of the hardest parts, as a mom, is making lunches” Brandi tells NBC 15.

Brandi's far from alone when it comes to transitioning from summer to school, but there are ways to make the adjustment a little bit easier.

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, Senior Psychologist in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin Research Park Clinic, offers these back-to-school tips for parents.

1.Start early for school preparation. Start shopping for school supplies now.

2. Talk your kid through a variety of school situations that they're going to encounter.

3. A week or two before school starts, talk about your expectations for them, rules, when they're going to do their homework, how you want them to behave in school, when you want them to do chores.

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