Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Your Back to School Game Plan

Are you the parent of Lexington school-age children? If you are, I would like to talk to you about the start of the new school year. Start this school year out right.

You may not remember last May. You probably blocked it out, and I certainly don’t blame you, but let’s look back. Did you stagger through the gauntlet of spring concerts, parties, field trips and teacher appreciation week only to find yourself coughed up on the shores of June exhausted and twitching? With your last breath did you swear, “Next year we are going to be more organized”?

Well "next year" is here already.  I know there are some of you who can’t wait to get back on a schedule and get everything organized, but for many of us, organizing anything is … Hey, put down that bottle! I’m here to help. We can do this.

If you are struggling to establish order in your entire home, you may have a to-do list so long, it makes your head spin. Yes, organizing in other areas of the home builds the overall effect, but for now let’s focus on the task at hand and keep it as simple as possible. What are we looking at? 

  • Coats, backpacks and lunch bags
  • Shoes or boots, mittens and hats (for those in cold parts of the country)
  • Papers
  • A place for kids to do their homework

It may seem like a lot, but if you break it down, you really only need to get a few systems in place to have your children coming and going with ease.

Whatever space you have to work with, the most important thing is to help your kids learn to:

  • Hang up their coat and backpack
  • Empty their lunch bags
  • Put away their shoes and papers
  • Do their homework as soon as possible

Your job is find places for all those things. You may need to think outside the box, but you can do it.

A place right by the back door is ideal, but that may not work in your house. Look around and be creative.

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