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Each year families are faced with the collective challenge of switching from the relative ease of summer activities, to the strict routine of back to ...

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By helping with back to school activities children mentally prepare for the school year ahead.

(NC)-Each year families are faced with the collective challenge of switching from the relative ease of summer activities, to the strict routine of back to school. The best way to make this transition a smooth one is to ease into it as much as possible. Ripping off the bandage is not the best approach here.

Students may have the three Rs but parents have the three Ps for back to school: plan, prepare and practice.

Plan for back-to-school needs

You pledge every year to avoid shopping at the last minute. This year make it happen by putting together a realistic plan for making all your back to school purchases. Go through the kids' closets and school supply lists early and make a complete list of what they need. Plan one trip to the shoe store, a separate outing for clothes and another for school materials - don't even try to do it all at once. To cut down on shopping time, window shop or even buy some items online. Think back on the hours you spent in line last year and you should have all the motivation you need to do it differently this year.

Prepare all the "stuff"

Now that you've got all their new clothes and supplies, you need to label everything - unless you want to spend time bent over the lost and found, or spend money replacing items. Electronic label makers date back almost 20 years when Brother introduced their popular P-touch brand. Today, they can be purchased in most office supplies stores, or online at places like

"Our P-touch labellers are ideal for busy families because they work on clothing, food containers and even expensive items like laptops. They are compact and make it fast and easy to type, print, peel, and stick laminated labels on-the-go," says Brian Caldwell, senior product manager at Brother Canada. "Our tapes are available in various colours and sizes, and are so durable that they move from freezer to microwave without peeling or fading."

Once you've organized everything that needs a label, let the kids be in charge of this project - it's a great way to get them involved and excited about the new school year.

Practice the new routine

Another way to make the change a smooth one is to slowly ramp up to the new schedule. Start making mealtimes at a regular hour and avoid late nights in the two weeks leading up to school. The week before school starts, do a practice run of school bus etiquette or the walking route. And a few days before the 'big day' have a family meeting to go through any changes in this year's routine.

By getting ahead of the game you can make it much easier on yourself, and your children, and all start off on the right foot.