It’s the most dreaded part of summer – going back to school. Whether you’re a student or the parent of a student, some advanced planning can help make the transition from summer fun to school-ready less frenzied and more enjoyable. Here are some tips to get the school year off to a great start.
Set up a location for incoming papers. Rather than having them get buried at the bottom of a backpack or spread randomly throughout your home, designate a specific place for your student to deposit school papers until you have time to go through them. Consider putting an inbox on a seldom-used section of your kitchen counter, or near the door through which you typically enter your home. Set up this paperwork depository now, before the paperwork onslaught begins.
Make time each day for school work. Academic homework isn’t the only assignment that will need to be completed each day during the school year– you’ll have to make time to go through that inbox of school papers. They key is to process each paper as you handle it – sign the permission slip, write the check for the field trip, review the school work and decide which papers you’ll keep, etc. Practice being decisive and deliberate with your mail so you’ll be ready to efficiently handle school papers. In addition, put reminders in your planner now to go through the paperwork each day. If you keep up with the inflow, you won’t miss any important deadlines.
Get into a school bedtime routine. Don’t wait for school to start before you begin a bedtime routine. Start now getting your kids (and yourself) to bed at whatever time will allow them (and you) to get adequate sleep. You all need these extra few weeks to get your bodies conditioned to a new sleep pattern. Also, your kids won’t necessarily view an earlier bedtime as a school-related punishment if you start the routine well before the school year has begun.
Here’s a link to my newsletter where you can read more about how to simplify the return to school. I’d love to hear any tips you have to make going back to school easier on yourself and your family.
Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,