4 Essential Back-to-School Home Prep Projects
The back-to-school season can feel rushed and chaotic, especially if you’ve already got a lot going on at home. While kids may be excited to get back to school with all their friends, they can still experience anxiety and moodiness as they settle into the new routine. Try a few of these tips to prepare your children and your space for the changes ahead of time.
1. Start your before-school routine early to ease the transition.
It can be a rude awakening to jump from the laid-back, less-structured pace of summertime right into earlier mornings and time crunches. Post the upcoming school schedule somewhere at home so you’ll all be familiar with it ahead of time. Also, begin setting the alarm a little earlier each day.
If your kids are already early risers, encourage them to shower, brush teeth and gather necessities for the day to practice for the new routine to come before the pressure of tardy slips comes into play.
2. Build a homework station with your kids that they will enjoy.
Everybody needs a great base of operations. If your kids participate in the creation of a fun corner in the house where they’ll work on school projects, they’ll be more eager to use it when the time comes.
Choose a new desk or fun chair your kids can claim as their own for the school year. If you’re limited on space, use a cart on wheels to hold school supplies and homework necessities so you can move it aside when you need the space back.
3. Tidy up closets before the end of summer and pick up any basics that need refreshing.
Go through everything with your kids to see if there are any items that won’t make the cut for the new year. Limit potential morning arguments now by taking out the items that don’t fit or have fallen out of favor. Restock the basics so you won’t have to rush to find a good pair of socks on the first day of school.
4. Create a healthy snack drawer or bin in the refrigerator to ward off impending after-school hangry meltdowns.
Grab a bunch of snacks your kids will like and put them in one space for quick access. When they get off the bus or out of the car, offer a snack first before homework or play gets started to help keep the peace before dinner.
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