Five Organizational Changes To Make NOW For Back To School. I think most kids can get caught up enough in the excitement of shopping for Back To School swag, but the rude awakening of that first 6am alarm clock is brutal. Making changes now can make the whole transition far less miserable. (For me, anyway.) Now that the school year crept up on us, we’re racing to make some important changes from the laissez-faire attitude of the summer.
Five Organizational Changes To Make NOW For Back To School
1. Altering the sleep cycle. (Also known as: “but, I don’t wanna go to bed!!”) Maybe your offspring head to dreamland at your request and wake up with a smile. Mine do not. They require gradual changes and reluctant acceptance that days are getting shorter and it’s time to revert to our Fall schedule of in bed by 9:00pm, up at 7:00am. Most kids do have dramatically different schedules during the summer, what with camp, Daylight Savings Time and everyone wanting more time together. I change schedules gradually, by half an hour or so until we’re back in School Mode.
2. Make a Plan of Battle for the week ahead: The Todd and I got into the habit of prepping our morning radio show on Sunday afternoons, where we can look at the week ahead and discuss guests, celebrity interviews, any contesting and such. School is the same way: we’re starting now with a family meeting every Sunday to go over any Dentist appointments, Lacrosse practice, book reports and such. When we get into the school year, we’ll focus more on homework assignments, Room Mother responsibilities, field trips and all things educational. It saves all kinds of nasty surprises mid-week.
3. Create a workable scheduling system: if you’re tech-savvy and dig Google, their calendar program is the best I’ve seen online–and it’s free. Each family member’s schedule is color-coordinated and inserted into the master plan. Everyone can add and delete info as needed. Click here to take a look. For some people–including me–still need a clear paper-based schedule to eyeball.
4. Create a Command Central: the picture above with an info board for each child brought tears of lust and envy to my eye. There’s a place for papers to sign, homework to be checked off, backpacks to hang, calendars for every kid. Genius. Utter genius. You can click here to see more of Delightful Order’s ideas.
5. Create a workspace: I don’t know anyone with a house big enough to create a fabulous workstation for every child. Even if that’s the kitchen counter, have a designated time with a bin nearby with study materials and such for each child to create a functional workspace free of tv, computer and other distractions. Once their time is done, bin gets put back, I check off homework and backpacks are packed.
So, now I want your ideas: how do you wrangle all your sunburned, bug-bitten, crazy-with-their-freedom offspring back into school mode? How do you organize everyone to keep you from going nuts? What systems make your householdhold sane? We have a $50.00 Office Max gift card to give away for one of your answers. Suggest what works for you and you’re in the drawing. We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, August 31, 2015.