It’s the time of year when the kiddos are heading back to school. As crazy as it can get, it’s helpful to have some systems in place to help things run more smoothly.
Routine is Key
We were lucky to have one of our kiddos who was very routine oriented. He would get himself up in the morning, get ready, eat breakfast and get out to wait for the bus without us having to say anything to him. He was the youngest which is probably a good thing. Otherwise, we would have been spoiled and expected all of our kids to be that easy to get off to school. I found that creating a routine helped. Especially, when our kiddos were younger.
It’s helpful to have a routine each morning, evening, and at bedtime. Having a routine set up makes it easier to maintain things as the school year progresses.
Each week, have your child help you to decide what they are going to wear each day. Then the morning of, you don’t have to worry about it. Make sure to pick out an extra outfit or two if your child is picky and not always on board with what they have chosen previously.
Also, I found it extremely useful for my kiddos to have a homework folder. Especially when they were younger. The homework folder was pulled out of their bag right when they got home. This allowed for me to see exactly what needed to be completed and make sure it was done and back in their folder before they went back to school the next day.
Our family found it extremely helpful to have a family calendar on display where every family member could see it. We put ours on a board in the kitchen. Our family calendar includes appointments, activities, and what is for dinner for each day. When our kiddos were in school, I printed ours out from Google Calendar, but you can just as easily get a dry erase calendar and make it work for you. The hubby and I had a calendar synced on our phones so we could add things and both see them.
The kiddos were required to let us know their schedule as far ahead of time as they could. Obviously, things come up at the last minute. Knowing what to expect each day made it easier to deal with the unplanned things that happened.
With four kiddos, we had dinner at home around the table, each evening. Adding dinner to the calendar allowed our kiddos to know what was planned for that evening. We would often find them checking it and even making meal requests.
As mentioned above, we added dinner to our family calendar each week. When you’re busy with work and the kids are in school, it’s helpful to plan out your meals. If it’s an especially busy night, you can have leftovers (if your kiddos like them), plan out something quick or make a meal in your Crock-Pot® or Instant-Pot®.
Creating a homework space for your kiddos that is free of distractions is a helpful way to help them create positive study habits. Our kiddos spent a lot of time at the dining room table and that worked well for us. They were able to work on their assignments and get help if they needed it.
Having the needed supplies on hand to complete assignments is also helpful. Stock up on pencils, pens, notebook paper, and other essentials. I hit the back to school sales and find all sorts of bargains to stock my supply stash.
You can also keep a homework caddy with pencils, pens, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, scissors, a ruler and sticky notes make good additions and keep the items easily accessible.
With the kiddos heading back to school, it’s helpful to have set systems in place to help things run more smoothly. Wishing you and your kiddos a great year!
Until next time,