Get Yourself Organized to Avoid the Back-to-School Rush!
Whether you’re one of those parents who can’t wait for School to start back up, or you dread the busy early mornings and the overall hustle and bustle of the school year, we have the help you need! The key to transitioning your family from summer to school schedule is to get organized!.
But what does this really entail? Check out these tips from Bounce Energy to get you on the right path to smooth-sailing for the launch of a new school year.
1) Check School Calendars
Most schools and school districts publish their school calendars well before the beginning of the school year. Go to your school district’s website and take note of all the holidays and important school dates. It always helps to know what lies ahead!
Here’s the important part: Put those dates and events on your calendar! Personally, I’ve always been an advocate for having a paper calendar that hangs in my kitchen or laundry room, and it’s marked with important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, school events, and days off. Sure, you can enter the information in your preferred calendar app on your smartphone, but technology can sometimes fail. If a calendar isn’t your thing, invest in a notebook or a personal organizer where you can write down the information.
2) Organize Transportation
If you are a family that commutes to school or carpools with another family, be sure and iron out those details before the first week of school! Figure out where your children will catch the bus and which days which family will drive. Mornings are stressful enough, so make sure you’re organized on how your child gets to school.
3) Do Your Back-to-School Shopping Early!
Don’t wait until the week before school starts to find your children shoes and new school clothes and/or uniforms. Stores are heavily discounting items for back-to-school shopping, so get in early before everything is all sold out.
4) Plan Lunches
With peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off the menu in most schools due to peanut allergies, finding sandwiches your kid will actually eat has become a challenge. For example, my daughter kept coming home with uneaten sandwiches last year, which concerned me that she wasn’t getting enough protein during the day. This year, I am determined to make her protein-heavy lunches that she will devour!
Get a list of foods your child loves and post it on the refrigerator. This will serve as a good reminder for what ingredients you need from the grocery store to prepare for the week. Besides, growing brains need lots of nutrition, so think of items like turkey meatballs, mac and cheese, fresh veggies with little pots of of ranch dressing, and roast chicken.
5) Plan Your Family Rhythm
If both parents in your family work, then the rhythm of the school and work week is important for establishing balance in the home. Set realistic expectations for what time you have as a family for extracurricular activities, when homework will be done, and when bath and bedtime happens.
We recommend getting off the summer sleep schedule at least two weeks before the first day of school. This includes your child waking up at school time and getting ready for the day as if they were going to school.
6) Take Care of Doctor Appointments Now
If your child is behind on checkups or vaccinations, get these taken care of now instead of finding time once school begins. Many school districts require medical records to be submitted prior to enrolling in the new school year. It’s less stressful to handle medical needs now than it is once the school year gets rolling.
7) Create the Space for a New Year
A new year means new piles of paperwork, handouts, and of course, homework. Designate a space at home where you can store these important pieces of information. You need to be able to find them with ease.
Also, if the dining room table is currently covered in summertime art supplies, clear these up now, and make room for a calm and focused place to do homework.
We wish you and your family the best of luck for an exciting and successful academic year!