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Now that school is almost back in session, it’s time to think about getting on a good schedule. Read on for easy-to-implement tips for how to streamline your school year schedule.
One of my favorite things about summer is leaving the stress of adhering to a strict schedule behind. While I don’t let things in my house get too crazy, I don’t make everyone get up at the crack of dawn and bedtime is definitely more lenient. So, a daily schedule isn’t exactly necessary. Well, those lazy summer days are a thing of the past and it’s time to get back to it! So, I have some super simple tips to help you streamline your school year schedule!
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School Day Schedule Tips
Prep the night before. Do everything you can ahead of time. That means preparing lunches, laying out clothes, making sure homework is packed, gathering up any library books that need to be returned, etc. The key is getting anything that typically slows you down in the morning done ahead of time.
Don’t shower in the morning. There are a couple of reasons I recommend having kids bathe or shower at night. One, recess makes them sweaty. Plain and simple. And if they take part in after-school sports or activities, forget about it. Don’t you feel better when you hop into bed freshly showered? They will too. Plus, it drastically cuts down on their getting ready time in the morning.
Do some light activity. I find that my kids are much more likely to get going if I have them stretch or get active in some way for a few minutes before I need them to be productive. Nobody wants to argue in the morning. And children who are too sleepy to cooperate are good for no mom. Haha!
Calendar everything. Everyone is busy, kids and parents alike. Make sure you put every meeting, conference, lesson, game, etc. on a family calendar that you all have easy access to. That way one person, aka Mom, isn’t responsible for remembering literally everything. You’ll have little helpers who can help remind you too!
Have an after-school ritual. It could be something like get home, have a snack, rest for a bit, do your homework, then do something active. Whatever works best for your kids. If they know the routine is the same every day, they’re less likely to buck it!
Let them be kids. As important as a schedule is, children need their downtime. Make sure you have time available in your after-school schedule that’s solely dedicated to relaxing. They won’t be at their best emotionally or academically without it!
Check the weather. This might seem obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve laid out clothes that weren’t right in the morning because the weather wasn’t what I thought it would be. It takes but a moment to check in with your favorite weather app or site!
Have weekly family meetings. On Sunday, for example, sit down and go over what the week ahead will look like. That way everyone is on the same page and you can decide who will shuttle who to where.
Print out your schedule and display it in the kids’ rooms, in your kitchen or wherever your family likes to congregate. Never underestimate the power of visibility. If they see it daily, it’s hard to forget! And it’s the best way to streamline your school year schedule. If it’s in writing, it’s not up for debate. Bwah!
Set up a reward system. Show your family you appreciate them following your schedule by treating them to something special at the end of the week. Ideas include going to a movie, heading to a local playground they love or making them one of their favorite treats!
So, there you have it. You now have plenty of easy ways to streamline your school year schedule. Here’s to a relatively stress-free and productive school year! You know what they say. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preparation is the best way to prevent school year headaches!