Back-to-school time feels like a fresh start, just like a brand new calendar page. What will you do differently this school year? Here are some small changes that will make a huge difference in how you and your family feel:
- Set up a lunch-making station in your kitchen, with storage for lunch boxes, plastic bags, food containers, thermal containers, plasticware, and common lunch treats all within easy reach of the fridge and/or pantry. Strategize this by thinking about how easy it would be to make a peanut butter sandwich in your kitchen and adjust accordingly.
- Make lunches the night before. Better yet, have older kids pack their own! Give them some guidance on appropriate menus and combinations and keep your supplies stocked for them.
- Find out if your school has automated email reminders that notify you when your child's lunch money account is below a certain dollar amount. (Ours did and I didn't know that until lots of time had passed!)
- Get up earlier... yes, you! Get ahead of your family, get your workout done, get a shower, or just get some quiet time to yourself before the whole day's wild rumpus begins.
- Clear up the kitchen table confusion by adding extra storage nearby to accommodate the multiple functions going on. Whether it’s homework or craft projects or just coloring in a coloring book, your kitchen table is for more than just eating! ClosetMaid’s Premium Cubes from Home Depot look terrific and blend right in with your furniture, providing attractive overflow storage for all of those needs and quick pick-up when those needs shift.
- Do your "Sunday Planning"-- just 10-15 minutes a week could change everything! Sit down with your calendar and plan some menus and get your brain wrapped around how your week looks.
- Establish family policies for homework time, snack time, and how much screen time the kids can have on weekdays and weekends. Agree to these policies together along with the consequences for violating them, and even have older kids sign an official paper about it. Making these agreements reduces arguments and provides clarity and structure.
- Organize a carpool arrangement with at least one other family, even if it’s just for one sports practice or ballet lesson per week. Carpooling saves everyone immense amounts of time and is good for the environment too.
Watch our video for several more tips on achieving Back-to-School bliss!