It’s that time of year again!!!!!
Back to school is the best time of year next to Christmas. New school supplies, new school clothes, shoes and a new teacher! The beginning of the year is a new start for everybody in the household. I am not only getting ready for the school year as a teacher but most importantly a parent of young school aged children. I have a few tips to make the transition from summer mode to back to school mode run smoothly.
Create a routine and put it in motion BEFORE the first day of school
A routine is key when you have children. It’s important to create a night time routine that will set your child up for success the next day. Make your schedule consistent and realistic to fit your lifestyle. Schedule a set time for dinner, homework and other activities leading up to your child’s bedtime. I personally like to end the night with story time Shorty after I put my youngest to bed and give my nine year old a half hour of quiet time. During this time he can do something that doesn’t involve electronics such as read, draw or play quietly before crawling into bed. I feel that this winding down time sets the pace for the rest of the night and helps them sleep better. I think it is important to cut off electronics and TV’s at least an hour before bedtime. Once the schedule is in place it is a great idea to get your children acclimated with the new times before the first day of school. Start your new schedule a week before School starts!
Get your shopping done early
I typically wait to school shop when I register my kids for school in August. With the beauty of technology I decided to do it in July this year just because I did not want to wait. Oh wow! What a difference it made when August hit and everyone was scrambling to the stores to “back to school” shop at once. It felt great to walk through the aisle with no stress knowing I was done. Registration was the final thing on my “back to school” to do list and if felt amazing to check it off! You might be wondering if I was able to catch the shopping deals and discounts in July, the answer is yes. The stores actually start promoting back to school after the Fourth of July holiday, therefore the sales are going on a whole month before school registration even starts. I found this tip to be convenient and a game changer to starting my year off right!
Get your appointments out of the way
Aside from school shopping early it is a great idea to book your children’s dental, vision and doctor appointments early in the summer as well. Again, when you wait for August along with everyone else you will find yourself in crowded waiting rooms or on the waiting list to see your doctor. By booking your appointments as early as June will help save you time later on.
Meal prep your family dinners and lunches for the kids before the week begins. When you have meals prepared in advance then your week will ideally run smoothly. When it comes to school lunches, whether your child eats hot lunch or cold it’s good to have your plan in place. I love to prepare all my kids lunches in advance by organizing the dry foods in sand which bags. This will make it easier to distribute them in the lunch bag each day. I found that this cuts time and stress in the evenings after work and school.
Create a binder! Store all the papers from your child’s teacher and administration throughout the year. Binders are a great way to keep track of important papers received and distributed during registration. Using tabs to divide the paperwork into sections would also help make it easier to find what you are looking for. You will find that everything is organized and in one place.
I hope you enjoyed these amazing tools that will help start the school year off right in your household. What are some things you do to stay organized at the beginning of the school year. Comment below! We would love to hear from you.