The start of a new school year means fresh supplies and new outfits ... and their less-welcome cousin, homework. How will you handle daily homework sessions in your organized home?
To stave off homework battles, it pays to make a plan. Creating a homework routine undercuts foot-dragging, while setting up a homework station keeps distractions to a minimum. Having a plan for homework accountability encourages student responsibility--and sees to it that homework gets done on time.
Ready to plan for homework? Try these tips to get it done swiftly, done right during the coming school year.
What to wear? For many families, this simple question is a daily flash-point for conflict on school mornings.
A budding fashionista throws a tantrum if a given outfit doesn't meet her standards, while another child insists on wearing one favorite shirt day after day--laundered or not. Younger children resist getting dressed at all, delaying the whole family's departure--and everyone's mood descends to the basement before the day has even begun.
Win the wardrobe wars! Try these ideas to get 'em up, dressed and off to school on time.
Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner "Arsenic Hour" comes close in the "Calgon, take me away!" category.
Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, "Mommy! I can't find my . . . !"
Getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to pull the bedclothes up and hide.
One small concept can go a long way to taming the morning beast: the family Launch Pad. Just as a spaceship must have a dedicated structure to support liftoff, so family members need a Launch Pad to stabilize them as they blast out the door.
It's not just our family that exits the door each morning during the school, it's our stuff! Can you find what you need to get the children off to school on time each day?
Briefcases and backpacks, library books and lunch sacks travel with us in and out of the house each day. Arriving home, these possessions scatter to the winds; in the morning, precious time is wasted rounding them up for another day's use.
If you're playing too many games of "Where's the permission slip?", it's time to consider taming the chaos with a family launch pad.
Buying storage containers? Reach for square or rectangular shapes, rather than round ones. From food storage to laundry baskets, square shapes stack better and store more contents in the same footprint. It's hip to be square!