It’s about that time again…wow summer flew by!
The following are some tips to help you get back into the BTS transition. If you have school age children, it’s important to help them transition out of summer and into school. It’s also important for Parents to gear up for BTS too! Team effort here all the way!
Organizing your family is important if you want to maintain some Peace of Mind. Of course organizing takes some effort and a little strategic planning. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind as you begin to focus on the new school year. Less stress and more time to do what you really want… plus a sense of pride knowing that little investment of time has really paid off.
The best way to clarify your needs, and get things done in an efficient time is having a routine. Routines remove the stress of decision-making because everyone knows their contribution and when they are expected to contribute. Routines can easily become habits, allowing you to complete your daily tasks easily and quickly. The essential times for routines are morning and evening–they put in place the expectation for things such as homework, snacks, chores and more…
Create a Command Center
Critical for any busy family is a Command Center–the area does not have to be complicated, just useful. The essential elements would be: a calendar, file system for homework, message board and a place for backpacks. The Command Center allows parents and children know where to check for information, at-a-glance communication, and where to follow up on homework assignments. A busy family may not always be together! The Command Center assists in keeping everyone in touch with each other without each person being in the same place at the same time. It’s a simple space, yet so effective.
Create Homework Zones
Find a space in your home that is an approved Homework Zone. The zone should be clutter free, clear of busy traffic ways, and generally a quiet area. Children should understand what goes in the Homework Zone stays in homework zone! There is nothing more frustrating than making a mad dash around the house trying to find that lost sheet of homework.
Hope these tips help you and your family transition smoothly into Back To School Season. Remember, if you need some help organizing a Homework Zone, creating Command Center and/or purging last year’s school stuff, you can always contact me here.