Skip to main content

Creating a back to school routine...

T-minus 8 days until the start of school! And to get back in the routine of school, homework, and just the general busyness of life, I thought I'd post about some things we are doing at home to help make the transition from summer to school a little easier this year:

Prepare the night before: Lunches and backpacks are ready to go.  Clothes are set out for children and mom! 
Set the timer on the coffee maker.  Double check your calendar to make sure you aren't forgetting a treat or permission slip. 
 
Here is a picture of the wall/counter right by our back door.  
Under the counter, Keith built cubbies for coats/back packs.  
We use the old shutter for bills/permission slips/important papers.

Hover over this picture to see the "Pin it" button!

Hug It Out: I've read this in numerous parenting mags, so it must be true... right? Sometimes kids are especially needy in the morning because they've been away from physical contact all night long.  Spend a couple minutes just sitting with each child and giving a few extra cuddles, especially to those less-independent kiddos of yours.  

Visualize Your Morning Routine:  I used this one last year and it worked great! It has pictures and words, so there is no confusion.  It's placed on the refrigerator, and lists the steps of what needs to be done. (We eat and brush teeth before getting our uniforms on just in case there are spills.)



 

Get up earlier: Wait, what did she say? That's right, even if it's 5-10 minutes earlier, it gives you a little extra time in the morning. And a few minutes to do some stretches or yoga, write in your gratitude journal, or just drink your coffee in peace before the chaos of the morning.  (I'm still working on this one!)  

Lose the remote control: In our house, there is no t.v. in the mornings, unless all kids are dressed and ready to walk out that door (coats and hats optional).

Stay calm: Know that even the best laid plans can go awry.  Some day you will probably be running late, and that's just how it is.  Take a moment to take a deep breath before running around and possibly yelling at the kids. Good luck with the new school year! 

Comments

Unknown said…
I'm not sure I'm ready for back to school!

Popular posts from this blog

The Tree of Life

My name is Sarah, and it's been 11 months since my last post. I've thought about it, but life is constantly getting in the way. I even made a goal this year to write more, but it really hasn't happened yet.  Until today. I went on Facebook this morning to check if there were any updates about the accident I saw on the way to work. Instead, I saw an obituary for a woman I've never met. But I know who she is. She received a kidney transplant a few months before I received mine. And according to her FB page, she had a difficult time leading up to transplant, a tough recovery, lots of additional illnesses and setbacks, and long hospital stays. I, on the other hand, never had dialysis, was on the transplant list for an unbelievable 5 months (the wait list is normally 5 YEARS), had a 3-day hospital stay, and other than not tolerating pain medication (so I could only take Tylenol which did nothing for the pain), I've been on my merry, healthy way for over 3 years.

Book Review: Sweet Tea and Spirits

Book: Sweet Tea and Spirits Author: Angie Fox Verity Long and her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, are on track for another adventure! The book starts out with Verity receiving a mysterious call from the Sugarland Historical Society, stating there was a murder. But how can there be a murder when no body is found? She enlists Frankie's help to investigate, which leads to a humorous and engaging story! The book is well-written, like the others in this series.  I enjoy reading cozy-mysteries, especially those that focus on the paranormal.  The author does a great job of creating funny characters with depth.  I definitely recommend this series, and do feel that the reader should start at book one. *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Two Years

I wanted to write a moving and inspirational post about celebrating my two-year post-transplant milestone. (I also wanted to post a nice family picture, where everyone was looking at the camera, the twins did not have to be separated because they were hitting each other, the shorter boy on the right was not squeezing his brother's stomach too tightly, and I did not have a glowing bulb of sunlight shining brightly on my lady parts, but well... you know... that's life.) Instead I will share one of my favorite pictures of this day. We had wanted to do an outdoor autumn photo shoot with my family (grandparents included). It was scheduled for the end of September in Chicago. So of course, I bought (matching) long-sleeved shirts for the boys, had a pretty (color-coordinating) sweater picked out for my girl, Keith was going to wear his grey pullover, and I lovingly pulled out my tights and boots for what I thought was going to be a cool and beautiful fall day. It was 88 degrees