As summer break winds down, visions of school supplies, packed lunches and sports practices cloud the minds of parents everywhere. With a little planning and organization, it doesn’t have to be so chaotic. We hope you find these tips helpful as you take on another exciting school year!
- Ease your kids into school year sleeping patterns. Usually during the summer, kids have later bedtimes and sleep in late. About a week before school starts have your kids go to sleep earlier and rise earlier each day. This will be an easier transition to school routines and not a drastic adjustment.
- Create a family calendar. Whether it’s in digital or paper form, a central calendar is key to organization and running a smooth household. Anything from sports practices, music lessons, field trips, company events, work commitments etc., this should be a space for all family members to see everyone’s weekly schedules.
- Plan your shopping needs. August is big time for back-to-school shopping. Prior to embarking on your quest make sure you assess your kids’ clothing and supply needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown clothing. Either store them as hand-me-downs or donate the discards. Create a needs list for each child so you can discuss the family budget. By setting expectations before shopping you’ll avoid in-store tantrums.
- Set up a storage system. Create space somewhere in your house for backpacks, jackets, sports gear, music equipment or any back-to-school gear. It is important to have a designated space just for your kids so it doesn’t clutter the rest of your home.
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