Back to school means a return to reality for kids and parents. Parents can ease the transition with a little home planning and organization.
1. Create a Homework Station. A designated homework area in the kitchen or family room will help you monitor and encourage younger children to complete assignments. Older kids should have the option of studying in their bedroom or another quiet room of the house.
2. Choose a place for backpacks and lunch boxes. Eliminate early morning confusion and afternoon chaos by designating a place to store school belongings overnight.
3. Plan to be healthy. Eating habits affect how well your child learns. Plan breakfast and packed lunches the night before. Set aside a shelf in the pantry and fridge to store healthy snacks so you’re not sorting through food at the last minute.
4. Keep it clean. Tackle the never-ending pile of laundry more quickly by moving the laundry room onto the main floor. Create a special hamper in the laundry room for uniforms and other rush items. Fold t-shirts so the design can be seen without unfolding the shirt. Velcro a stain-stick to each laundry basket and show the kids how to use it.
5. Let them play! Help your child make positive social relationships by arranging play dates with classmates. Go for quality, not quantity. Activities should be fun and encourage social skills.