Get Organized! A Back to School Checklist for Parents
Are you ready for another frantic and disorganized school year? Are you just itching to be bombarded with a pile of paperwork? Do you love getting calls from your distraught child who left his trombone at home? No, no, and no? Then you'd better get organized! This school year, start off on the right foot with routines that will help your child be ready for school each day and make your life easier. We'll show you the easy steps your family can take for optimum Back to School organization.
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By Traci Geiser
This is the year you are really going to do it. No more lost permission slips, no more late library books, and no more scrambling because your child forgot her dance shoes. Having systems in place is what will make the biggest difference. Without organization, you’ll be fighting a losing battle all year long. Try these ideas to start the school year off on the right foot.
Build the Launch Pad
Bag It Up
Pack Lunch Early
Have your child pack her next day’s lunch before she goes to bed. Children as young as 5 can make their own lunches with a little guidance from an adult. Provide a list of items to include—for example, one sandwich, one fruit, one veggie, a drink and a healthy treat. Not only will school days be more organized, but your child is more likely to enjoy lunch if she prepares it herself.
Fuel Up Fast
Save the Due Date
Stock the Study Center
Create an Inbox
As the lazy days of summer come to an end, it’s a great time to make some “new school year resolutions.” In addition to making your life easier, you’ll be teaching your child how to be organized and stay on top of things.
Once you get organized, it’s time to get excited! Read this article for five fun ideas for celebrating the new school year.