Parents! We are almost there. In fact, some of my friends in other parts of the country are just days away from Back to School. The kids adjust pretty easily… but not me. I’m the type of person that needs to dip my toes into the water a few times before diving in deep. It’s just so overwhelming to get back into that ROUTINE once you get so used to the lax state that is the SUMMER. And my town is different than most… we have 4 different schools (K-1, 2-5, 6-8, 9-12) . Depending on how old your child is come September determines which bus schedule, lunch policy, back to school night, tutoring session etc. you are placed in — they are all different! It’s crazy!
I definitely have to get a weekly plan in order because it’s going to be here before I know it. Here’s 5 tips to help you get your routine started.
- Have your morning routine set in stone: This is so critical. Everyone should know the order in which things should happen. In my house, the children should get out of bed, make their bed, get dressed, brush their teeth and THEN COME IN THE KITCHEN for breakfast. If it happens any other way, WE ARE LATE AND RUNNING FOR THE BUS. This is a FACT. Natalie and Liam spend so much time eating breakfast and dilly-dallying, that they can’t get it together beyond that. I need them basically READY before they sit down at the breakfast table.
- Create a weekly dinner plan: What nights are you going to order out? Will your family participate in Taco Tuesday? How about leftovers? Will there be one night a week where you will eat only leftovers? Or cold cuts? This REALLY HELPS at night when things are hectic. If it’s Wednesday and you know that on Wednesdays your family eats sandwiches, then you don’t have to worry about rushing through homework to get started on a meal. I always make sure I have a pizza night on my calendar — EVERY WEEK. My freezer is stocked with Ristorante Pizza varieties. As a family of five, we like to have options.
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- Get on the carpool bandwagon: It is LIFE CHANGING. I am telling you. It takes a little legwork in the beginning but oh my goodness it really helps out throughout the year. To KNOW that you don’t have to run around once a week because you are trading off with a friend will feel like magic. The ultimate time saver. You will get your life back. (Am I being a tad bit dramatic? Yes.)
- Keep a positive attitude during homework and the core curriculum: We aren’t fans of the Common Core. Believe me, we are very much against the new methods of teaching, but it is BEST to hide these frustrations from your kids because it will lead to a better experience during their homework block which means you will finish up quicker. Less tantrums mean more time actually WORKING on the problems. Take a deep breath and hold it in my friends. Bill and I have discussed this at length. We can’t have Natalie and Liam believing that the methods they are learning should be challenged. Support them as much as you can and take up your disconcert with the teacher, principal and beyond.
- Do all your prepping at night: What does this mean? Signing papers, making lunches, uploading dates onto your calendar, checking homework. You name it – it should happen at night. Don’t leave anything for the morning except your goodbye kiss.
These tips should help you adjust to the Back to School season in no time!
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