WOW, school is almost here!
Actually I should be saying YAY!
Do yourself a favor and get organised by following these 10 tips and you will be ready to put your feet up.
1. Have a Fashion Show Before you go shopping for new clothes! Have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since last year. As you find items that no longer fit, set them aside to bring to a consignment shop or donate them to charity.
2. Fill out any necessary medical forms. If you need to have forms signed by your child’s pediatrician, send them to your doctor’s office as soon as possible.
3. Purchase school supplies. You can get a list of the specific school supplies your child will need from the school secretary or teacher and most local retailers.
4. Confirm your babysitting arrangements. Double check that your babysitter knows what day school starts, and understands when you’ll need him or her to be available.
5. Consider purchasing alarm clocks for the kids. If your kids are extremely reluctant to get up in the morning, consider using an alarm clock with gradually increasing sound, or use a timer to make their bedside lamp turn on just before you want them to wake up.
6. Plan your lunches first. You'll need to decide whether you need to purchase new lunchboxes. If you do, make sure you look for one that says lead-free on the label. Some vinyl lunchboxes give off a lead residue, which you don't want near your kids.
7. Organize your closets. This can help to get everyone out the door a little faster in the morning. If you’ve gotten behind in doing the laundry, or you have a lot of ironing to do, take some time to complete this task before school begins.
8. Update your calendar. Your calendar is a great tool for staying organized and managing the kids’ busy schedules. Take the time to add school-related items to your calendar, like half-days and holidays. Also, fill in your kids’ regular activities, like soccer practice, ballet, or karate. Get into the habit of looking at your calendar each evening to be sure you know what is coming up the next day.
9. Create a system for organizing and storing papers. On the first day of school, your kids will probably come home with 5-10 papers for you to sign. You’ll want to have a space in your home where your kids can regularly leave the paperwork that requires your signature.
10. Gradually move the kids' bedtimes up. You'll want to be sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep when school starts. If your kids have been staying up extra late this summer, you want to gradually move their bedtimes up by about fifteen minutes a night. This will make bedtimes easier on you when school begins, and it will help relieve the back-to-school jitters and insomnia.
Now that you have this under control enjoy the rest of your summer!
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