Have you heard of the phrase “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”?
Well, if you have never heard of this phrase please do yourself a favor…say it out loud today, write it down, and then make your whole family repeat it.
With the rush of the new school year fast approaching, now is the time to plan ahead so that our families school year routine can be efficient and easy.
Children need a very defined structure, not only in the classroom, but at home to succeed. We as parents have to take a planning approach to get ready for not only our upcoming busy schedules, but our children's schedules as well.
Work, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, caring for pets, caring for the home, laundry, homework, etc. can all be a little overwhelming (especially during this back-to-school month). However, good calendar enforcement and some organization can help make the ease into the upcoming school year a breeze.
Where do your family members need to be and who can get them there? Sounds like a simple question – but it is really an important one to ask yourself. Traffic in Austin is bad enough! But traffic is so much slower during the school year than it is in the summer so make the needed changes now to your route to school and work in the morning. (That extra stop at Starbucks could cost you an hour of your valuable time during the school rush hour in a few weeks).
Share a family calendar with your children so they also know the who, what, where and when of all the family members. This information will help everyone plan accordingly.
Lunch? Are you sending money or putting money onto their accounts or do you need to plan a time when lunch is made so the morning rush isn’t hectic? Dinner? Is a family member in charge of cooking dinner? Is Soccer practice the same day and time as gymnastics? These are all questions that require some consideration before the kids sharpen the pencils and open the textbooks. Set up a family calendar and place it either in the laundry room, garage, back door, or fridge (a place where all family members can check it regularly). Or you can even share a Google Calendar with your entire family on your smart phone.
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