First Day of School Survival Guide for Parents
Preparing for your child's big first day of school can bring about a bit of anxiety. Channel those first-day jitters into positive energy to ensure your star student starts the school year right.
Keep Everything Organized
The school year can get hectic, and the best way to stay on top of everything is to devise a system that keeps you organized. You can manage those drop-off and pick-up times, play dates, appointments and meetings with a powerful, lightweight tablet. It takes your productivity and organizational abilities to new heights with great multitasking features, including the ability to simultaneously use multiple apps to keep you on track. With screen sizes ranging from 7” to 12.2”, you can pick the one that’s just right for all the things you need to do on the go.
Shop for School Supplies Together
Preparing your child emotionally for the big day can make all the difference in how day one—and the remaining school year—go. In addition to discussing nerves and fears with your child, attending orientation and touring the school, you can instill excitement by shopping for school supplies together. Carry along your Galaxy S 5 to organize and cross off items on your back-to-school shopping list. You can also use the device to consult multiple stores for the best deals while you're shopping.
Start the Big Day with an Easy Breakfast Pizza
Kick off the big day with this easy breakfast pizza recipe, and you'll be a contender for parent of the year. Tip: Prepare the pizza in the evening and then bake it in the morning.
Step 1: Brown 1 pound of ground sausage, and drain the grease.
Step 2: Thaw 1 cup of frozen hash browns, or make your own.
Step 3: Make 1 cup of gravy with your choice of instant gravy.
Step 4: Scramble 2 to 3 eggs.
Step 5: Line a 12-inch greased pizza pan with pizza crust. You can find pizza dough pre-made and packaged in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Step 6: Spread the gravy on the dough, then sprinkle roughly 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
Step 7: Top with the sausage, hash browns and eggs and bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 8: Let cool and enjoy.
Get Into the School-Day Routine
Use the last month of summer to get your child into the rhythm of a normal school day. For example, reserve sleeping in for the weekends; serve breakfast at the same time each morning; and practice going somewhere in the middle of the day so your child's used to being out of the house. Don't forget to work in a little bit of "study" time, which may consist of anything from reading to practicing name writing. Make these moments even more special by adding a soundtrack to your new routine. Milk Music™, powered by Slacker, Samsung’s ad-free streaming music service, can get everyone into a more relaxed and focused mood.
Capture It All on Camera
Let’s not forget about capturing some memories of your child's first school day. Snap pictures of his, or her, "first-day" outfit, that adorable book bag loaded with the school supplies you bought together, or your child walking into the school or hopping on to the bus. The NX Mini is discreet enough so as not to embarrass your little academic and allows you to use all the lenses available in the NX lens lineup so you can get the right shot. The camera is also enabled with Wi-Fi®, so you can post those adorable pictures ASAP.
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