Back to School: 7 Home Hacks to Keep You on Track

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Gone for a while are the fun summer days when our kids lose sleep over excitement about the next day. It’s back to school time and they have to spend the night packing their school bags instead.

Getting our kids used to the idea that summer fun is over and it’s back to school already can be a very daunting task. It can be difficult for families to quickly accommodate to this time of the year.

The secret to successfully getting back into the school routine lies in anticipating what your child might need and getting prepared for that.

This is why we are giving you 7 hacks that will help you stay on track and successfully survive the back to school period.

1.Play Keep vs. Toss

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Our children’s rooms are full of things they don’t need, and we know it. Get rid of the pair of blue shorts that you can’t even remember your little one wearing; let go of that pink worn out t-shirt. What about that game his auntie gave him three years ago? Let go of that and the set of broken pencils and rulers lying in their drawers.

Give away anything that doesn’t fit your child anymore, has been worn out, or hasn’t been used for the past 6 months.

2.Have a Stationary Surplus Zone

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Make a list of what your child needs for school, whether it’s a new set of white socks, blue pants, or copybooks and pens. Get your child extra copy books, pencils, pens, set of rulers, calculators and files. A stationary surplus corner would save you the hassle of running to stationary stores every time your child needs a new notebook or paint set with a chance of not finding what you’re looking for.

3.Organize Your Fridge & Kitchen

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Research online for healthy school snacks and hit the supermarket. Make sure that your fridge has all you need to prepare an energizing breakfast and healthy school and after-school snacks. Unpack the grocery items in an organized way in your fridge, dedicating a section for each use. Make sure to inform your child about where to find his favorite yogurt or fresh juice in the fridge to save time in the morning and maintain the layout. You can also dedicate a corner in your kitchen for water bottles, lunch boxes, sandwich papers and other food containers your child might need.

4.Create a Command Center

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Creating a command center that has all the daily tasks that need to be completed by each family member, including reading times, room cleaning, or even dish washing; this will help you keep track of what needs to be done and what has already been done at your home. Ask your kids to draw a check next to completed tasks; this will help you track their performance to reward them based on their performance.

5.Designate a Homework Area

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This includes a studying desk, a chair, and appropriate lighting. Make sure that all these three are suitable for your child; for example, the chair has to be comfortable enough for long hours of study and of a suitable height relative to the table; and the lighting needs to be strong enough to keep your child alert but shouldn’t hurt his eyes. It’s also preferable if the homework area is close to the stationary surplus corner so that your child has everything he might need nearby.

6.Organize Your Child’s Wardrobe

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Prepare your child’s daily school outfits on a weekly basis to save time in the mornings, especially if your child gives you a hard time picking an outfit. Dedicate sometime for your child to try all the outfits and make sure to take into consideration any special activities that require specific outfits like the physical activity class or so. You can also place a laundry basket in your child’s room to make sure that laundry gets washed on time to avoid having your child in trouble for not complying with the uniform rules.

Finally, make sure that the study area is decluttered and in a quiet corner to help your child focus.

7.Create a Departure Zone

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Prepare your child’s daily school outfits on a weekly basis to save time in the mornings, especially if your child gives you a hard time picking an outfit. Dedicate some time for your child to try all the outfits and make sure to take into consideration any special activities that require specific outfits such as a physical education class. You can also place a laundry basket in your child’s room to make sure that laundry gets washed on time to avoid having trouble with your child’s non-compliance with the uniform rules.

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