Back to School Habits

Hey Moms and Dads, it is time to make this year the best year ever for your family and especially your school age children. School has started, did your student…

get up without 3 or more reminders from you?

eat breakfast?

catch the bus on time?

leave with everything they needed?

If so, congratulate yourself and them (when they get home). If not, then set an earlier bed time, have them set either an earlier alarm (or music) or a backup alarm after you have woken them up the first time. When you are half asleep it is difficult to sense the passage of time so what seems like five minutes of relaxing in bed, can really be 30. Set out options for breakfast the night before or be sure to have their favorite power bars handy in case there isn’t time. Make sure clothes are put out the night before and everything they need to take with them is ready and waiting by the door. Lunches can be partially packed or at least have one spot for the snack options and drinks that you can easily grab to pack.

Set the microwave timer for 15 minutes before they need to leave. Then set it again for a five minute warning so they know when they have to be out the door. The more you can do the night before, the smoother the morning will be.

Parents, get up earlier and get yourself ready before they get up. Then once they are out the door, you can get right to whatever you need/want to do.

Now, what are you going to do for yourself today? Maybe take a walk, call a friend, go to the gym, meet for coffee – whatever it is, do something for yourself today. Enjoy!

Top 5 Things To Do This Week to Organize for School

Good grades start at home
Good grades start at home

1. Clean out your child’s closet with them and make room for the clothes they will be wearing to school this year. Pass along things that they won’t wear or that do not fit. No need to take up valuable “real estate space” with things they won’t wear. Do the same with the dresser. Hooks are great for hanging sweatshirts, jackets, pj’s and tomorrow’s clothes.

2. Together with your child, buy any school supplies they may need. Make sure the binder opens easily with one hand and will last till December (at least). Work with them to put them together in an organized way.

3. Be a reading role model. Set aside some evening time when the whole family reads either together or separately. Kids can work on their summer reading and you can catch up on those magazines.

4. Talk with your kids about what they want for lunches and/or snacks and work together to come up with a week’s worth of healthy ideas. Next week you can shop for them.

5. Start working towards the bedtime you want your child to have during the school year. Kids require 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep so calculate when their bedtime should be in order to wake up easily by the necessary time for school.

If you’re dreading the start of school and are hoping that this year will be different, then check out I’ll send daily reminders to your child or teen with tips and strategies so they can have an organized year.