Posted by HBCU Pride & Joy on 8/22/2017
The kids are on their way back to school. If you have a kindergartener, you are probably crying as you lay out their clothes for the first day of school. But those with middle schoolers or high schoolers are likely dancing the jig, happy to see them leave the house.
Getting back into the routine for the back-to-school season can have you stressing to the point of breaking out in hives. You’re nervous, the kids are excited (or not) and you are anticipating the extra time you’ll need in the morning to get everyone out of the house.
Avoid the back and forth, and running in and out of the house for things you may have forgotten by being better organized.
Here are 5 tips to get you and the kids ready for the back-to-school season:
1. Do as much as you can the night before. Lay out clothes, make lunches, get together homework and put items in backpacks for the next day.
2. Set an alarm for 10 minutes before you have to leave the house. This will alert the kids that they need to gather everything and line up at the door. You can also make a music playlist. Let the kids know when a certain song comes on, it is near time to go. Music will also get everyone moving and energetic in the morning.
3. Create an “exit” station by the door. This station should include a place to hang keys, book bags, shoes, umbrellas and jackets. On the way out, this is where you will stop to grab everything you’ll need for the day. You can also opt for boxes with the kids’ name on them.
4. Write down a morning “to-do-list” for the kids. Be specific and include details like brushing teeth, putting on socks and combing hair. Hang it on the back of their door or a bulletin board in their rooms.
5. Do fast or on-the-go breakfasts. Train the kids to grab a juice box, breakfast bar and a piece of fruit on the way out of the door.
So when you shop for school clothes, pick up a few supplies to help you to organize your morning. Before you know it, the kids will have the routine down and it will be smooth sailing for your household. Best wishes for a GREAT school year for our HBCU kids!