Believe it or not, but back to school season is quickly approaching! Do you remember when you were a kid and how fun it was sleeping in late during the summer months, only to have to readjust to getting up early in the fall? I sure do, and it wasn’t a piece of cake! If you’re a parent looking to get your kid(s) and the rest of your family organized for back to school, you’re in luck. Parenting expert, Tara Paterson joined me for an interview recently to share six simple tips parents can use to get the family ready not only for back to school, but for sporting practices and more, so mom and dad aren’t left feeling overwhelmed.
Candace Rose: How can parents help transition the family into another school year?
Tara Paterson: “Well, obviously, Candace, the summer is more relaxed and less regimented than the school year because obviously when school starts we have to get into a routine. We have all those different things as parents to juggle so organization is key. As a parent of four children ranging from a senior in high school to a kindergartner, I definitely have to be on my A-game. I definitely need things organized and ready to go.
One of the things I like to do is get things ready the night before. I pre pack their lunches, I lay out their clothes so that we don’t have to struggle with that in the morning, especially my older daughter who tends to change her mind and it can get a little stressful. But also I like to think about what I’m going to make for meals ahead of time, so I like to utilize my crockpot, especially in the fall. It’s just a great way to make sure that you’ve got a homemade meal ready for you and you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to make tonight. And especially a lot of kids going to sports practices, it’s a good ida to have something ready that they can also grab and go.
Of course school is another place that we want to keep them organized, help them develop good study skills so this Post-it Study collection is a great way for that. It’s a great way for kids to keep everything in one location, these Post-it Study Notes are perfect for putting down questions or answers to tests. They can be used as flashcards, which is really great and they stick in the notebooks so they won’t get lost. My two boys who are teenagers like to shove papers in their backpack and then they forget about them or they can’t find them, so it’s important.
There’s also the Study Notebook Kit which you can affix to textbooks or binders, and it’s a great way to have everything in one location. Organization is definitely the name of the game.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else that parents can do to help their kids get organized?
Tara Paterson: “Definitely. I think again, with a lot of kids headed out to sports practices after school or other types of activities. Having things available for grab and go like cold water bottles, maybe have a cooler on hand or even some prepackaged snacks – if you have to run out the door in a hurry, you can just grab them and go.
Also, an important tip, especially for parents of teenagers, about a week or two before school starts transition them to getting into bed earlier and getting them up a little bit earlier because I know a lot of teenagers (my boys included) like to sleep until noon, so it can be difficult to have to get up at 7:30 after eight or nine weeks of sleeping in late.”
Candace Rose: Absolutely! Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Tara Paterson: “Just basically again, if you have everything sort of organized and in its proper place where you can just grab and go or fix things ahead of time that’ll make it really easy. As winter approaches and we like to eat more comfort type foods, you can really make double batches of things and freeze part of it so that you can pull it out of the freezer if you’re in a hurry. It’s really just preparing ahead is just key important so that parents aren’t overwhelmed.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?