WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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23 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e be a last minute rush. Instead, get what you need as soon as the school supply lists are published and then put them away and forget about them until the night before the first day of school. You won't want to be elbowing crowds the day before school starts and if done ahead, the shopping experience might be more enjoyable. four Reassess responsibilities While your kindergartener may not help out with the laundry yet, kids are much more capable of lending a hand than many of us realize. Assign age-appropriate chores now — bed-making, dish- washer emptying, lunch-making — to help foster independence and take a load off of your shoul- ders when school starts. Kids who have responsi- bilities early on grow up to be much more self- sufficient than those who don't. five Set a reading routine If you have reluctant readers, getting them back into a reading habit can be tricky. If you're lucky, your children have been reading all summer long. But if they've had that common summer slide, limit the technology time and start reading together 20 to 30 minutes a day before school starts — in the hammock, on the beach, or on the porch swing. And for those little ones? Go to the library and pick out some special books about starting school to help calm back-to-school jitters. "Before Labor Day be sure to make the most of those last few moments of summer vacation."

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