The carefree days of summer are coming to an end. This is an adjustment for not just the kids, but the parents also. In order to keep my family running smooth, I have a few tips for getting back into the swing of school without too much yelling and confusion!
1. Plan the whole week of lunches on Sunday. The kids and I take a look at what the school is having each day for lunch. My kids can choose to eat at school twice per week. I write down who is eating school lunch and who is packing a lunch on a calendar in the kitchen. This way the kids can be responsible for knowing if they need to pack a lunch or just snacks.
2. Pre portion as many things as you can! If I purchase anything in bulk, I immediately portion them into individual servings. This not only saves time, but saves money. My idea of single serving and the kids’ ideas of single servings are very different.
3. Keeps snacks and lunch items within easy reach for the kids. I hang a plastic over the door shoe organizer on our pantry door. I fill the compartments with little snacks and lunch food. The kids know where to grab it all.
4. Getting dressed. This can be a whole morning routine on its own. Luckily we wear uniforms. However, I found that when the uniforms were mixed in with regular clothes, it was much harder to find everything. So we now have a uniform station upstairs in our loft. I purchased a garment rack and hanging shelves. I hang all of the short sleeve shirts on one side and long sleeve shirts on the other side. I then divide the hanging shelves by child and put all of their pants in there. They have only one spot to look for everything they need.
5. Friday Folders. Our school has Friday Folders that come home each… Friday. We have specific drawers in the kitchen for each child. When they come home on Friday, the Friday Folder goes straight into that drawer. I know that I need to look it over, fill out forms, and review homework, etc each weekend.
6. Last but not least; breakfast. No matter what time we wake up, it seems we are still rushing out the door. I like to make some breakfast “grab-and-gos” for those crazy mornings. A couple ideas that work for well for my family are: Egg cupcakes and Egg McMuffins. For the egg cupcakes, take a thin slice of ham and line a cupcake tin. Crack open an egg and add a little cheese. Make all 12 or just a few. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let them cool and put in a container in the fridge. The kids will just grab one and heat it up for 15 seconds and they are set! We also make up our own version of Egg McMuffins. I make separate egg patties, cook up some sausage patties and put them on an English muffin along with a slice of cheese. Again, the kids can grab it out of the fridge, heat up a bit and they are all set.
These are just a few quick tips. This doesn’t mean every day goes smooth. It doesn’t mean the Friday Folders make it into the Friday Folder drawer each week either. But they are very easy tips to put in place to help everyone stay a bit more organized.