It’s back to school time and that brings lots of mixed feelings for both parent and child. Feelings of stress can set in just thinking about all the carpooling and homework that the year will bring. Being organized at home can help a great deal with the stress level.
A way to help the morning chaos of “looking for” the homework, lunch, keys, show-n-tell, etc. is to set up a school zone at home. This is a place where everything related to the school day goes. If you don’t have a mudroom, set aside an area in the kitchen or a hallway. Label baskets or bins with each child’s name. EVERYTHING related to school goes here. Get your child in the habit of coming home and going right to the school zone. When homework is done, it goes right back in the school zone. Lunches are made and put in the school zone. I think you get the idea.
The school zone isn’t just to cross the street to get to school; it’s a place to help relieve stress from the daily routine of getting out the door and coming home from school.
Have a stress-free school year!