Summer has been fun at our apartment community in Lafayette, La. But now it’s time to think of the school year ahead, so we’ve compiled a few tips from the pros below on how to smooth the transition — wishing our residents and students a successful school year.
Back to school fills children with excitement and a little of the first day jitters, while parents are consumed with thoughts of “Have I prepared enough?” To help remove these thoughts and get you and your children prepared for the school year, all you need is a little planning and organization. Here’s a list of proven back to school tips to get you started on the right foot.
1. Sleep routine - get back into it. To help ease the stressful school mornings, restart a regular bedtime and morning time routine. Start your usual school sleep routine a week or two before school starts.
2. Start shopping for school supplies together. Entering a new grade is exciting and a little scary. When shopping, allow them to pick out their lunchbox, backpack, etc. Set a budget and share with them how much they can spend on these items, so it doesn’t stress you out. This is an excellent way to teach them about money and gives them a little bit of responsibility too!
3. Re-establish school year routines. Start setting the alarm and have them wake up at the same time every day and eat breakfast at the same time they would before or at school. Now would be an excellent time to have them start reading a book in the afternoon, preparing them for their homework routine.
4. Speaking of homework, set up a homework station. Talk with your child about a designated time and space where they can do homework. Depending on your child’s ability to finish homework without help, consider a time and place where you are available in case your child needs assistance.
5. Prepare for the unpredictable. As working parents can attest, it can be challenging to find a last-minute sitter when your child is sick. Now is a good time to start lining up sitter on the off chance you get a call from the school that your child is ill.
6. Create your after-school game plan. If both parents work, where will your child go after school? Depending on the age of your child, will they attend an after-school program, stay at a neighbor’s or will they be allowed to stay home by themselves? This helps eliminate confusion during the already crazy first weeks. If they will stay at home alone, go over house rules, safety concerns and what to do in case of an emergency.
7. They are not going to like this one. Turn off the video games and TV. It’s going to feel like you are cutting their summer short, however two weeks before school starts is a good time to start weaning the electronics. Shock sets in when they realize that six to eight hours of their day will be spent learning and not gaming or binge-watching favorite shows. Ease your child back into the learning process by limiting the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.
8. Go over school materials and information. Most schools provide a packet online or via email with a ton of information on your child’s teacher, important dates, emergency forms, and transportation arrangements. Jot down important dates on your calendar or put them in your phone.
9. Get organized. Perhaps you remember, back to school means lots of paperwork that can consume the counters in your home. Designate a spot in your home for permission slips, upcoming projects and any other school-related papers. This can help eliminate surprises like last-minute runs to school to sign paperwork and midnight Target, Walmart or Dollar Store runs for project supplies.
10. Summer is also a good time to get your child’s yearly checkup. Germs and school are synonymous, so getting your child’s well checkup in before school starts is optimal. It allows for a baseline when you do have to bring them in for something more severe and you can also take care of any required vaccinations.
While a smooth transition is not guaranteed, these tips are likely to take the edge off the rocky start. If you are looking for a new apartment in Lafayette, Louisiana, stop by Lafayette Gardens Apartments and take advantage of our back to school promotions.
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Apartment hunting can be an overwhelming task with all the options available for apartments in Lafayette, La. But fear not, especially when it comes to selecting the amenities you need. We have created a list of the top attributes most shoppers look for when seeking a place to call home.
In Apartments Amenities
Consider the amount of time you will be spending in your new apartment home. If you are a homebody, in-unit amenities are essential, as they can help make life easier and save money and time. But not all amenities have equal importance. Below are those that really matter:
1) In-apartment Appliances
A few essential appliances - a stove for cooking and an oven for baking. If you are like most renters you will need a range for most meals. Or maybe you are an order-out-every-night type of person, and you only need a microwave for the occasional soup or leftovers. Dishwashers while convenient are not an absolute necessity if you don't cook.
2) Laundry Machines
In-apartment laundry machines also have renters split. Some renters won't consider renting a unit that doesn't have washer and dryer hookups, while others are fine towing their laundry to a shared onsite facility. Find out if the community you are considering has onsite washateria or if you need to venture out of the complex to wash your clothing.
3) Furnished Units
For renters who are from out of town, or on short term job assignment, a furnished apartment might be a nice convenience, but these units usually come at a significantly higher rate. You should only consider furnished units if you are not planning on staying in the apartment for long. If you’re moving to a city for an internship or summer job this might be the right option.
4) Pet-Friendly Units
For those with pets, this is a necessary requirement, as not all properties accept pets. Keep in mind, most pet-friendly apartments require pet deposits, and in some cities, they require pet rent on top of the unit rent price. Some renters choose apartments that aren’t pet-friendly for a variety of reasons, allergies, peace and quiet, or fear of animals. Just keep in mind, if you choose a complex that is not pet-friendly, the chances of them changing their no pet policy for your new fur baby are not in your favor.
5) Private Outdoor Space
Private outdoor space typically means a balcony accessible from within the apartment. Having a private space to enjoy your morning coffee, grill or simply relax is excellent, but usually comes at a premium. Consider the amount of time you will use the balcony and then compare the prices of units without this amenity.
Having covered inside rental amenities, below are a few community amenities to consider when apartment hunting.
While less of a problem in Lafayette, larger cities often do not offer parking with their rental. Not many people care for street parking. it can be time-consuming to find a spot and frustrating when you can't. Then on top of that, it leaves your vehicle exposed to theft or damage. In Lafayette, most complexes have onsite parking, but covered parking may come at a premium.
2) Security Measures
Apartment communities that take extra security measures might be worth slightly higher rent. Features like security gates with changing passcodes, double or triple locks on the units, on-site security guard, and security cameras deter criminal activity while offering an additional level of protection.
3) Outdoor Spaces & Swimming Pools
Outdoor spaces are great, especially if you have children and pets. Pet parks designated for your fur babies offer a place for recreation and exercise and most pet parents prefer a designated area to walk their pets. Other amenities receive much less use. Swimming pools on site are a great example. Great idea, but surveys suggest that not many individuals use them with regularity, if at all.
4) Fitness Centers
Community fitness centers can be an excellent feature, and many offer a variety of equipment. But if you're a true fitness buff the chances of an apartment community having all that you need is not likely.
In the south, many don't think of elevators as a vital amenity, and with the exception of moving day most would rather walk a flight of stairs rather than wait for the elevator to return to the floor they need. If however, you live on the 4th floor, are recovering from an injury or your senior years are catching up with you, this could be a deal breaker. Location of the elevator may also play a role in your choice of communities.
Every tenant and their lifestyle is unique, and while some may not care about a fitness center, you might workout to relieve the days stress nightly. An electric range may work just fine for the occasional homecooked meal, while a gas stovetop is preferred for a chef or someone who loves to cook. While we have listed the most commonly advertised amenities, you should make a list of what you want out of the apartment communities in lafayette la. and compare the various communities amenities.
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