Hard to believe it’s that time a year again. It feels like summer’s just started and it’s already over. I white boarded our family calendar on our command center for the month of August and it was full in a matter of minutes. I started to realize that this is going to happen every year when school rolls around.
With the upcoming school year shortly approaching there are some quick tips that will help you get your get you ready for the upcoming school year and make for smoother mornings and evenings.
1. Establish a routine. Study after study is shown the importance of a great routine. Kids thrive off of routines because they know what to expect. Here’s an example of how our morning and evening routine looks. Our morning routine consists of kids waking up usually around 6 AM having some milk and watching a show. Then comes breakfast, once breakfast is done it’s time to get dressed, brush your hair, brush your teeth and get your shoes on. If there’s time left before we leave there’s a chance they can watch a little bit of another show but they know they have to be ready to go first. In the evening, we pick them up around 5 o’clock or so get home and have dinner as a family. Once dinner is done it’s time for baths and pajamas. Once jammies are on we give the warning that it’s going to be time for bed soon. It’s time to get ready for bed by brushing your teeth, going potty, and picking out a book.
2. Establish a paper management system strictly for the school papers. I’m still surprised at the amount of paper that comes with school but I haven’t been in school for quite some time so maybe that’s why I thought we had a good system last year but it seems that there’s more this year. An example of a system would be using file folders or letter trays or wall organizers to sort the papers accordingly, what needs to be turned in, schedules, lunch menu, etc. Keep it in a place you frequently go through, for example your kitchen.
3. Pack lunches and snacks the night before. If your child needs a packed lunch , do it the night before. You can do it in under five minutes. Those five minutes will save you a ton of time in the morning and won’t be rushed and stressed out. There of been times were I was too tired to do the lunch the night before and it just throws everything off. So take the time in your evening routine to pack the lunches and or snacks.
4. Establish a back pack command center. Set up a place where the kids backpacks go every single day. It can be in their room, it could be in the kitchen or in in the entryway. Use hooks so it’s easy access. Whatever system you decide, make sure it’s used every single day.
5. Get school supplies at least a week before school starts. Waiting until the last minute becomes stressful and when you’re stressed your child can see that. Plan accordingly, give yourself enough time to get the supplies that you need because in the event that the store doesn’t have it, you have time to find it somewhere else.
6. Wardrobe upgrade. Go through your child’s closet to see what still fits and doesn’t fit for the upcoming school year. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and make a plan of action for any new pieces of clothing.
7. Automate what you can. If you can auto pay hot lunch or auto pay school activities, get that set up accordingly. It’s one less thing that is on your plate.
These seven tips will help you establish a strong, organized routine for the upcoming school year.
Are there any tips that you have for back to school?