As hard as it may be to accept, it is unavoidable that summer is now drawing to a close. You may have noticed that it’s starting to get darker earlier again, and you may even soon start to see some leaves fall from trees. Whether you love or hate the summer season, this signifies two things: that fall is coming and, if you have children, that it is time to prepare for going back to school.
Getting everything ready as that back to school deadline looms can be a daunting prospect no matter how organised we think we are. Not only that, but getting your children enthused about sitting through classes again can sometimes seem outright impossible!
We’ve amassed some tips to help you ease gracefully back into the full time school schedule:
Involve your children in back to school shopping
A great way to make the kids more excited about the prospect of going back to school is to get them involved in any shopping trips you make to buy back to school supplies. Let them pick out their own style of stationary supplies or chose a back to school outfit – within reason of course – this helps your kids get involved in going back to school.
Prepare the night before
If you know your household usually struggles with getting everyone in time every morning, then try getting everyone to prepare as much as they can for the next day. Lay out outfits for the next day, make sure the bags are packed and ready, lay dishes out for breakfast before you go to bed and so on.
This helps even just by freeing up time in the morning, allowing you to all get ready at a much more leisurely pace, which helps set your kids up for their day.
Plan lunches and clothes in advance
If you have to prepare packed lunches for your children, this can eat up time if you do it from scratch every morning. Set aside some time on Sunday to prepare as much of the lunches as you can for the week. You could try bagging their fruit separately for each day so you just have to grab them each morning. Or you could create a lunch menu for the week, and make sure you’ll have what you need to make it every morning.
This works with clothes too, plan the outfits for the entire week on Sunday and you save so much more time each morning.
Organize a schedule space
To avoid being lost in the eventual flurry of school timetables, appointments and social events that’s headed your way, make sure you have a dedicated area for all your families schedules. Putting a cork noticeboard on your kitchen wall is a great idea. The kitchen is where you’re most likely to all be in the same place in the mornings, and the corkboard allows you to rearrange all the calendars and posters as and when is needed. This helps you make sure the whole family stays up to date on any given day or week.