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How to Create a Back to School Schedule

The carefree days of summer have evolved into a new school year. While it is always exciting, getting back in a schedule can be rough on everyone. Read on for some tips to get your fall off to a smooth start.

  •  Implement set routines.  Create a schedule that designates times for baths, homework and play time, to help kids adjust to their new priorities.
  •  Create designated spaces.  Ensure your kids have a designated place to do homework,  one where they are close by in case they have questions.  Designating a study area away from toys and other distractions will help them stay focused.

  • Plan ahead.  Kids usually prefer to stay in bed until the last possible moment, which tends to make the mornings feel rushed.  Help your kids get everything together the night before including their outfit, packing a lunch and getting their school bag together.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time.  Before you become too tired or busy during the week, plan the week’s meals out early.  Plan which meals you want to prepare for the entire week over the weekend. Put together your shopping list, do your shopping, and if possible, do some of your prep work on the weekend. It will lighten your load during the week.
  • Spend less time running errands.  Always prepare a list for what you need to get before you leave the house to make sure you don’t forget anything important.  Try to run all of your errands on the same day if possible and plan your route before leaving to save time driving around.
  •  Use a shared family calendar to keep everyone up to date.  To help your family stay organized, use a shared calendar that everyone can reference.  You can place a physical calendar in the kitchen or other general area of the house for everyone to see. Or you can use an electronic calendar that you can sync to everyone’s phone.
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