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12 Tips to prep your kids for the unexpected this school year

Kat Bouska is a work at home wife and mother of three kids including a 9 year old son and two daughters ages 11 and 13. You can find her writing daily for Mama's Losin' It, an award winning blog where Kat shares a humorous take on everyt...

Follow these back-to-school tips to make sure your kids are ready for anything

School is in full swing, and helping our kids face each day feeling confident and prepared is one of the jobs we take seriously as parents.

We know that sometimes unexpected situations arise, and we can only hope we've equipped our kids with the tools they need to survive. Here are 12 back-to-school tips to share with your students to help them navigate a successful day at school!

1. Visit your school before school starts

Identify the office, your classrooms, bathrooms and exits. This will be great info to have in case of an emergency, and you'll feel at ease knowing you have your daily routine mapped out.

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2. Get plenty of sleep

You don't want to risk dozing off in class when your name is called!

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3. Be early!

Give yourself plenty of time to sit down and pull out your materials. You will feel at ease and less anxious if you're ready to go when the bell rings.

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4. Find your friends

Your friends will be the people you turn to for help through any difficult situations you might encounter. Find them and keep them close!

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5. Pack extra materials

Frantically looking around for a writing utensil or paper so that you can do your work is an anxiety-inducing way to start class. Carry extra materials and keep your cool!

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6. Eat breakfast and lunch!

You'll be primed for success if you're not operating on an empty belly. Find out when your cafeteria offers breakfast and lunch and keep extra money tucked away just in case.

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7. Put your phone away

Minimize distractions during class time. If you bring a phone to school, reserve it for emergencies only!

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8. Do your homework!

We sound like broken records, but studying each night will help you feel more confident when that pop quiz is sprung on you in class.

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9. Pack tissues

You never know what might bring on the sniffles, and you'll feel better knowing you can slip some out of your bag when needed.

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10. Take notes

Your teachers may have some life-changing advice to share and you don't want to miss it!

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11. Be positive

Stay calm and remember that doing your best is the best you can do! Try not to put so much pressure on yourself and enjoy your day.

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12. But maybe bring a clean pair of underwear... just in case

You never know what sort of accidents might occur that might require an emergency pair.

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So much easier said than done isn't it? How prepared were you when you were in school? What tips would you offer our young students to help them cope with unexpected emergencies?

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