Before you know it, it’ll be time to head back to school. In our family, this is a happy, sad, and mostly crazy time. It’s funny how having just 3 kids can keep you on your toes with all the stuff they have scheduled. Just chauffeuring them around is a part-time job. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting — and staying — organized for back-to-school.
1. Ease Your Way In
A lot of families let summer glide by right up until the first day of school — only to experience a total shock. Even though you’ve probably done it several times before, going back on the first day can feel like total chaos — especially if you’re unprepared. Take the last couple weeks of summer to start getting to bed earlier. Move that bedtime a little earlier each night, until you’re back at school-time curfews and bedtimes at least a few days in advance. And of course, along with an earlier bedtime comes an earlier wakeup call. Gradually get up earlier until you’ve stepped it back to the right time for school. Also, if meal times have become out of whack, adjust those back to school-appropriate hours. Don’t let the first day of school throw you for a loop!