Back-to-school season brings excitement and chaos! Which teacher did we get? What are the expectations? How will we juggle school, sports, church and other commitments? What happens when half the family is going one way and the other half another?
We get it. Back-to-school season is a whirlwind of energy, change and adjustments. This year, take control and keep your family organized! Here are a few great tips to help you on your way.
- Keep a family calendar. Whether you opt for an online calendar everyone subscribes to or you hang a giant whiteboard in your family center, it’s imperative to know which way everyone is going each day. Remember to list recurring items like sports practices, as well as doctor appointments, back-to-school nights, conferences, church and community obligations, and more. Write it all down. In many families, if it’s not scheduled, it won’t happen!
- Create a homework space. Set up a central space in your home for your kids to do their homework. You want to make sure it’s a place you’ll be around often to oversee how well they are focusing and what tasks they are working on in class. Dining room or kitchen tables work really well, or a small desk in the corner of your family room. Put together a simple pencil box with all supplies they may need for easy access.
- Set limits on screen time. Be sure that your kids’ (and maybe even your) life) isn’t taken over by smartphones. We suggest a block of time every evening that’s device-free, with the exception of those needed to complete schoolwork. Set up a charging center where everyone checks them in during that time period.
- Stick to household routines. It’s easy to get lost under Mt. Laundry when adjusting to a new schedule. Make sure you’re sticking to your laundry and cleaning schedule. Set certain days for errands, meal planning and grocery shopping. And make use of your time sitting at sports practices to take care of things like paying bills and planning meals.
- Attend back-to-school nights. Depending on your kids’ ages, this may or may not include them. Get a sitter if needs be, and make sure you don’t miss these evenings. You can learn much about teachers’ styles and what to expect throughout the year at back-to-school night. It’s especially essential if you’re the parent of a child who would rather roll around in a pile of pine cones for an hour than share details of his day with you.
And remember, if it all gets to be too much, reach out for help! Our personal assistants can cover errand days for you. We can handle pharmacy trips, grocery shopping, post office and dry cleaning runs, car care and more. Give us a call today to get your first hour of service free!
Good luck, parents. We know you’ve got this!
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