Follow these Back To School Tips for a great and successful school year:
1. Set up a family calendar.
Whether it be a big calendar on the wall, or a virtual one both parents can view online, this will help everyone to know where they need to be and when. It will also remind you of what you are already committed to, and so when the volunteer requests come rolling in from the school, you’ll be less likely to overcommit and have the stress that comes with it.
2. Let go of the past – or at least file it.
Go through all the piles of paper that came home and make sure you file what you want to save and toss/recycle what you don’t. Use a medium sized artist portfolio to hold your child’s oversized artwork, everything else should be able to fit into one 3-ring binder. It will be quicker to sort if you haven’t started the new school year when you do this, so you know what’s old and what’s recent.
3. Purge and sort BEFORE you buy new.
Whether it’s clothes, shoes, book bags or other school supplies, know what you already have before you buy new. If you still want to buy new (I know that shopping for school stuff can help build kid’s excitement for school to start again), there’s no reason to keep a collection of backpacks that still work but aren’t being used. Donate, pass them down, or recycle them, and do it BEFORE the school year starts.
4. Review your safety rules with the kids.
Such as, a code word in case a friend of the family they don’t know has to pick them up because of an emergency, that “friend” would need to provide your child with the code word otherwise they know not to leave with that stranger. Make sure they know their home address and a phone number to reach you just in case they find themselves alone, or in an unfamiliar area. Of course safety rules will be different depending on your child’s age, it still never hurts to review what your safety rules are.
5. Spend your time where your time is BEST spent.
Managing the house and all of the chores is not an easy task, no matter what your other responsibilities are. Look at your family and house like a company, and you are the CEO of that company. In order for a company to be successful, the CEO does not DO it all, many tasks and responsibilities are delegated to others within the company. Everybody contributes. And in some cases there are certain tasks and responsibilities that just make more sense to outsource, because your time and energy spent on other things is more important than the cost to outsource to a specialist. At home, these tasks can include services such housecleaning service, lawn service, or pool maintenance, to name a few.