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Back to School Countdown: 10 Things to Cross off Your List

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Create "Control Central"

Two days out: Designate an area of your home where you'll keep your calendar, phone messages and a bulletin board. Kathy Peel, best-selling author of The Family Manager, says you can also make "inboxes" for your kids. The inboxes can be places where your kids unload and pick up permission slips and forms that need to be signed.