Creating a Back to School Routine

Heading back to school can be just has hard on you to adjust as it is for the kids. Here are a few tips for setting a routine so the whole family stays right on track!

  1. Get ready before the kids wake up. I know, you didn't want to hear this one, but at least for the first few weeks, if not longer, get ready before getting your kiddos out of bed. Then no matter what chaos is sent your way, you'll be able to handle it without stressing. If all goes as planned (like in your dream world), you can patiently sip your morning coffee while waiting to head out the door.
  2. Organize lunches, bags, and paperwork the night before. Having all this ready to go means faster departure time and less likelihood of you all scrambling in the morning. Or worse, forgetting to send your kid with food!
  3. Plan outfits. Skip searching for the second shoe or finding a shirt to match. Set out clothes for your kid and have them laying out, ready to put on. Even better, pick your clothes too so you can get dressed speedily!
  4. Shower the night before. Bathing at night means one less thing to hassle with.
  5. Limit electronics/TV These things can be a distraction to the kids and they may end up spending time doing theses things instead of getting ready.
  6. Keep the same routines Kids generally do well with routines. The more consist you can be by keeping the kids moving along in the morning; getting them up at the same time and leaving the same time each day the better. They will eventually know what to expect and there will be fewer conflicts.

 

Solve a few other common morning dilemmas:

 

Set down the backpack the same place each day. A child in Preschool/grade School can place their backpacks on a hook. Make sure they are placed no higher than eye-level. Generally, kids this age have lighter backpacks. The hook/s can be placed near the first area of the home the child enters. Hooks are also a great place for coats. For example, if it’s in the laundry room, place hooks there. For middle and high school age hooks can be more of a challenge because most backpacks are quite heavy. I like to place backpacks in the place closest to where the child where the child studies.

 

Take off your shoes at the same place each day. Each household varies in the places for shoe storage. Some people take their shoes off where ever they enter the house some people take them off in their bedrooms while other people take them off in the family room. Have a shoe organizer closest to where the family members take off their shoes. It’s ideal if everyone can decide on one spot to place shoes. In order to keep the area less cluttered, store only the shoes in season in the shoe organizer and the ones not in season in another area.

 

Get into the habit of having your child empty their backpacks or ask the child if they have any paperwork for you the first thing they do when they enter the door after school. You can either have them set the paperwork in a certain place or hand it to you right away. Because my kids are older, I have them set their paperwork on my desk immediately. If something needs a quick signature, I give it back to them right away. The quicker you can get the paperwork off your desk, the better. Don’t let it build up until the end of the week. If something needs to be read, try to read it within a day or two. If a piece of paperwork has dates, I immediately transfer those dates to my calendar. If you have younger children you will likely see lot of art projects and worksheets. Decide what art projects you want to keep. Hang up your child’s favorite piece on a refrigerator and change it weekly. Consider keeping a few for a grandparent or a special person. Keep only a “select” few and store them in a memory box. 

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