It’s hard to believe it’s time to head back to school. It’s time to say goodbye to the dog days of summer and say hello to the hustle and bustle of the school year. While it may be exciting to watch the kids go back to school, it can also be a stressful time. However, with intentional planning, this school year doesn’t need to be filled with unnecessary stress. Prepare your home for the new season room by room. The kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home so it makes sense to start there first.
Depending on the flow of your home, the kitchen might be the easiest place to prepare for the following day. Many kids prefer doing their homework at the kitchen table. This is also a great place to keep an eye on your kids to make sure they are staying on task. Additionally, it’s important to stay on top of all activities to know what’s going on at school and after-school. Keep a large calendar near the refrigerator. Use this calendar to mark down and keep track of all the events in one place.
It’s much better to pack lunches the night before. Certain items might need to be reheated and placed in a thermos container until lunch. It’s still good to get as much done the night before. Pack the fruit, snacks, chips and other side items in Ziploc bags. Pack the beverages in advance as well. In the morning, it won’t be hard to quickly grab and go. When your child comes home from school, make sure they know to put their empty lunch bag in a specific spot so that you can easily clean and repack it for the next day.
Just like you need to prepare lunch in advance, snacks can be prepared in advance too. As you prepare lunch, put a set amount for the snack and place it in a specific area of the kitchen. When children come home from school, they know exactly where to go to retrieve their after-school goodie. These ideas make early mornings a lot easier. It also helps everyone to get into an efficient routine. Consider these ideas for your school year with the little ones.