From separation anxiety to packing healthy lunches to the stress of all of those piles of paperwork that inevitably find their way home, there are so many extra worries that come along with the school year. So to help both you and your children make the transition as smooth as possible, here are a list of tips and tricks:
Make reading fun
Maybe your little guy or gal already loves to read, but for those who are a little more reluctant why not display their books front and center? All of those colorful, beautiful illustrations are sure to catch your kids' interest, so try to display the covers of the books on a shelf.
Make sure your morning goes smoothly
If you aren't much of a morning person it can be best to prep as much as possible the night before to streamline your morning routine. If your children are still young enough you can choose their clothes and lay them out the night before. Lunch can be packed in advance to avoid the crunch of making and having breakfast along with packing lunches. And most importantly, if you drink coffee set the timer on your percolator so you're good to go as soon as you wake up.
Have a space to store papers and projects for the year
But instead of taking projects that your children have worked on, try and find a way to display them. If they're visual then you can set them up on a wall, or use the old standard of sticking them up on the fridge. As for papers, try to get a unique box for your children to store their work. Not only will this show that you care, but it can also encourage your children to take more pride in the work they produce.
Have a space to store backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies
Keeping up with the theme of reducing clutter, it's key to have a space to store these school specific items. Along with reducing clutter it helps streamline the morning by eliminating the need to rush and search for school supplies. If possible, create a space near the door to store backpacks (maybe wall hooks), lunch boxes (a cupboard or closet), and supplies (a jar or in a drawer). If you keep these all together in the same space it reduces the time it takes to get everything together and decreases the chances of losing important supplies.