Getting ready for back to school feels like a sprint and a marathon. It’s a myriad of details, appointments, and preparation. What makes it easier to get ready for back to school? Here’s five tips that prep you for being back to school.
Have your calendar and your check book ready
At back to school time, there’s two very important tools to have at your fingertips. Your calendar is where all the new dates for school, athletics, worship and more belong. It’s your guide for each day of the next 9 months. Gather all the dates and times each day and then each evening scribe these. You want to get ahead of the game by getting all the dates in this early. Over the next few weeks be sure to have a weekly family meeting to keep your calendar up to date. Your checkbook is the age old money holder, however now it’s your credit card, Venmo or other financial transaction method. Back to school is when you register for new activities, pay for books, or pay for supplies. Be ready and track your expenses.
Make appointments and shop early
Here’s a quick list of some of the appointments you might need before school starts.
- Well check doctors’ or chiropractors appointments
- Personal care such as haircuts and manicures
Start by assessing what’s in your kids’ drawers and fits. Get caught up on laundry to know what you have and what you need to purchase. Set aside a time to shop with your kids just for basics to get the year started. There’s easy ways to shop online, however be sure to return what you don’t need and doesn’t fit.
Make a lunch, dinner and snack plan
Food makes us all smile! Breakfast can be a quick start or something to take on the road with you. Dinner time is when we gather to share our stories each day. Make yourself and everyone happy with mindful appreciation for food. There’s lots of ways to get meals organized, so pick one or a few that are easy for you and your family. Don’t forget healthy snacks too! Back to school requires lots of energy and food is one of the major ways to fuel ourselves.
Set up family routines that work
The best types of organization require routines. It’s what we do repeatedly, almost automatically. These are morning, homework, and evening routines. Morning routines are hopefully minimal and focus on getting out of the house on time. By creating Homework routines, you are simplifiying getting homework complete and back to school. In the evening, the goal is to gather for a meal and to get a great night’s rest. Review your family routines during a family meeting and be sure everyone agrees. If needed, create a check lis to insure everyone is on board.
Ready, set, tech
There’s tech tools that help you with back to school too. Use a good old fashioned alarm clock to wake each person each morning. Hang an analog clock where you can see it in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Set reminders on your smart phone to leave early for school in the morning and end your day at work. Both Quizlet and Studyblue help your student learn more effectively. Use a bank app to deposit checks or check balances to pay bills. All these small tools add up when you are getting ready for back to school.
Back to school is an adventure waiting! Jump in with optimism and positivity for a great start for the new school year.
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