5 Back to School Tips

Project SOS Back To School Tips

It’s that time of year again. No more sleeping in. It’s a time for new beginnings. A time when you get a fresh start. How will you make this year great?

Here are some tips for helping your teen start off the school year on a positive note.

  1. Set Goals
  2. Have your student write down their goals for the year. Write them in present tense as if they already accomplished them. Hang them up somewhere they can be seen every day. You could join them in this activity!


  3. Clothes!
  4. Yes, first impressions are important. For a teenager, the idea of going to school looking uncool is scary. Even if they wear a uniform, small things like shoes or accessories can be alienate them.

    Help your teen think about how they want to present themselves on their first day. You don’t have to spend a much money. Talk with your teen about what they have and need to feel self-confident. Check out back to school sales. But also remember that consignment shops and thrift stores can be treasure troves of fashion.


  5. Mornings. Ugh.
  6. Most teens start very early in the morning. Two weeks before school starts, get everyone used to going to bed and getting up early. It might feel like a huge adjustment for the entire family, but tired students won’t perform well in school. Enforce a healthy sleep routine early to ensure a smooth first day of school.


  7. Motivating Students to Use Planners
  8. Buy or create a planner that suits your student. Have the student make it their own by using stickers, or drawing something unique. Personalization allows students to become familiar with their planner will be more likely to take ownership of their calendar.

    Create a planner routine with your student. Check in each Sunday and review the planner together. Keep a planner yourself. If you can show your student how you use a planner too then, they will be motivated to use one themselves.


  9. Quick And Easy Breakfast Ideas
  • Combine a half-cup of quick-cook, one-minute oatmeal and a cup of milk or water and microwave it for one minute in a to-go container. Toss a few frozen berries in it to cool it down and your teen can eat it in the car or, if allowed, on the school bus.

  • Pop two frozen whole-grain waffles into the toaster. Spread on some nut butter for protein and slice a banana on top. Now you have a unique version of a peanut butter and banana sandwich that your teen can grab on the go.

  • Mix up a breakfast smoothie by loading a blender with fruit, Greek yogurt and juice. For a boost of nutrition, add some leafy greens—your teen won’t even taste the spinach—and a scoop of protein powder to hold him over until lunch.

  • Create a breakfast sandwich! While an English muffin is toasting, crack an egg into a circular bowl or Tupperware. Put it in the microwave for 60 seconds. This will firm up the egg, which you can then turn over onto the English muffin. Top with a piece of cheese for a breakfast sandwich in minutes.

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