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Do you remember that commercial where parents danced down the school supply aisle to the tune of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? Bet a lot of parents feel that way when they think about their kids going back to school. But the euphoria is short-lived once they remember the hassle of getting kids back into a routine. Don’t let the stress of morning drop-offs, lunch prep, and extracurricular activities make you question your sanity — try these back-to-school strategies and organization tips from mDesign for a smooth transition to a new school year.
Think about it: you’re not just Mom or Dad, you’re the captain of the team, the leader of the troops, the C.E.O. of Your Amazing Family, Inc. Your decisions and values determine everything from field trips to fashion choices for your school-aged children. That’s a lot to stay on top of — and when you add your own career responsibilities and personal commitments, it can be overwhelming.
You need a command center — a designated area of the house dedicated to keeping your family organized. Establish your command center in a central location; you want it to be somewhere in your home that the whole family frequents, like the kitchen or entryway, so everyone gets in the habit of checking schedules and deadlines. Here’s a list of command center must-haves:
Creating a Homework Zone isn’t about spending a lot of money on expensive children’s furniture. It’s really about creating an area for focused learning at home. Here are some tips for designing a successful homework station:
Retailers estimate back-to-school shopping will cost parents $268 per child, with most of that going toward new clothes. But before you hit the mall, try organizing your kids’ closets:
There are parents who can plan a month of meals, set up rows of matching plastic food containers, and assemble lunches like a fine-tuned machine. We salute those parents. For the rest of us, lunch prep is just another obstacle to getting out of the house on time. Here are some tips to make packing lunches less stressful and steer your kids toward healthy choices:
Check out these mDesign blog posts on healthy school lunches and lunch packing hacks for more school lunch tips.
The entryway. The portal to the outside world. This is what all the planning and prep has been for: the moment your children walk out the door and leave for school. Here are some ideas that will make your entryway an efficient launch and re-entry zone for your kids:
Hope this helps school mornings feel a little more organized and a lot less stressful.
Check out our Back to School mBlog series for more inspiration for the new year.
Lisa Langford is a Senior Copywriter at mDesign
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Jul 28, 2021
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