The new school year has begun and those first few weeks can be hectic. There are a lot of changes to everyone’s life-style now since summer vacation away from school has ended.
In order to prevent mayhem this school year new tactics have to be put in place to ensure everyone is ready to go each morning.
Here are a few tips that can minimize morning madness:
- Set out cereal bowls, spoons, napkins and the cereal box on the table in the evenings after dinner. That will eliminate a lot of confusion in the kitchen with everyone reaching for their own bowls and utensils. Everything will be already set up and only one person has to reach into the refrigerator for the gallon of milk.
- Help or request each child lay out the clothes they will be wearing the next day before bedtime. If their whole outfit, accessories and shoes are out it will take a lot less time for them to ready themselves in the morning. It eliminates a lot of time searching for the right outfit and keeps morning noise down since no one will constantly be opening and closing dresser drawers and closet doors.
- After all homework and studying is completed for the evening have your child or children re-pack their backpacks so everything they’ll need for school the next day will be with them. Then have them place their bags by the door so when they are ready to go they can just grab it as they prepare to leave the house.
- Designate an area in the home away from distractions so when they return home from school there is a clean and quiet place to do their homework. During this time refrain from turning on the RV or radio so they don’t get side-tracked away from their studies. If they have a cell phone it is important to have them turn them off until all their homework is completed.
- Always check your child’s backpack for notes, notices or permission slips that parents need to sign. Ask older children if there are any papers they need signed or if the school has scheduled meetings parents need to attend.
- With each new school year comes a yearly school schedule with dates of events both you and your child need to be aware of. That list also includes days off and it’s good to know in advance if you need to find a sitter or take the day off yourself. It is a good idea to write all those dates and times on a new calendar and place it in a common and visible area where everyone in the family can reference it daily.
Be smart, have a good year and learn as much as you can!
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