It’s that time of year again – time for the little ones to go back to school. Back to the school term routine, back to early mornings and back into the swing of things. The summer holidays can’t last forever. It’s sad but it’s true. But it’s easier than you think, and with these tips mums and dads will be feeling ready and excited for the new school year ahead.
Streamline your morning routine
Applying some handy time-hacks for your morning routine can really turn the frantic rush to get them ready for school into a much more manageable and possibly even stress-free affair. Things like packing lunches the night before and ensuring school bags are packed, and near the front door, the night before are worth their weight in gold. It’s even worth having a central school stuff storage area with plastic containers, cabinets, and baskets to store and easily access different school items.
Pick a designated area for the kids to do homework
It could be a desk in their room, on the kitchen table, or anywhere where there’s a large flat area that will be relatively quiet and out of the way. The kids have to be able to concentrate and feel comfortable in the space obviously, so it’s largely up to them too (although it’s a good idea to have it out of the line of sight of a TV or anything too distracting). Have a computer or tablet in the space as well if possible and make sure they have plenty of supplies. Having a dedicated storage trolley, such as one from IKEA, works really well to store pens, paper and supplies so the kids can find everything they need in the one spot.
Get personalised stationery, bags and clothes labels
You can never have too many labels. It sounds like an obvious one but it will save you heaps of time trying to work out whose school shirt it whose etc. It’s so easy to keep track of clothing by adding iron-on clothing labels and you’ll most likely never lose another article of clothing again. Make sure you’ve got plenty of name labels for labelling lunch boxes, bags, hats and uniforms. Plus having a personalised bag or lunchbox with their name on it gives them a sense of ownership, while helping them stay organised.
Get a school calendar for the whole family to share
Getting a family calendar set up early is an easy way to keep track of each family member’s important dates, activities and commitments. It’s a huge relief to have all the important school dates sorted and have everything mapped out in advance right in front of your eyes to refer to each day. It can be a separate calendar just for school or you can combine it with your social events too if that is easier.
Get up before the kids
Mornings can be a mad dash and getting the kids ready for school can be hard work but it’s important to take some time for yourself. Whether it is a a few minutes for a cup of tea or a quick morning run, it’s a great idea to have a few moments to yourself in the morning. And if you’re all ready for the day before the kids are even up you won’t feel so hassled by having to get them ready too.