Ready, Set, Prep

August 11th, 2016

Swimming lessons are winding down and soccer practice is revving up. Back to school is right around the corner, which means there’s a lot to do to get ready for the rigorous schedule you and your kids have to look forward to. We’ve got you covered with a few of the best tricks to make your transition from summer to school an A+.

1. Coordinate those closets: School most definitely requires a bit of a different wardrobe than those swimsuits and flip flops the kids have been sporting all summer. To prepare for September start tackling the closets and moving some things around. Take inventory of all the clothes that your tyke has outgrown since last fall. Move the flip flops to the back of the closet and put the fall wardrobe at center stage.
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2. Establish study space: Whether it be blowing off the dust from the desk or finding the perfect reading nook, it’s important to designate a space that your kids can get some work done without distraction. Make the space inviting by adding color or a cozy chair. If the study space can feel more like a retreat than a chore, their learning will be much more productive.
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3. Equip the mudroom: Getting out the door for school in the morning can be a bit of a circus. The mornings we do manage to make it out the door before the school bell rings deserve an Olympic medal. Give yourself a medal more often by organizing the mudroom ahead of time to make getting from the house to the car a breeze. Start by changing the hooks from pool bags to backpacks. Set out the shoes your kids will don to school every day. Have a snack bin by the door so no one ever forgets their Goldfish in a rush.
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4. Stock the fridge: Kids after school turn into ravenous bears ready to tear down the house with hunger (definitely not what you dropped off at school just 8 hours earlier). By stocking the fridge your kids can head straight to the kitchen after school and help themselves. Have juice boxes at the ready and carrot sticks in launch position. This will make your battle much easier, and keep your bears nourished and satisfied.
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5. Write it down: Hang a calendar in a visible place in your home. Write down soccer practice, birthday parties, and the nights you might be a bit late at work. Having the schedule up for everyone to see keeps the whole family clued in, and makes a mix up less likely.
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Back to school doesn’t have to be a chore. Prepare early, be ready, and send your troops off to battle without a worry.