Where Did The Summer Go?
Do you relish summer-time and dread back to school time or are you eagerly waiting for the kids to get back to school?
Regardless, it’s a transition, sometimes a jarring transition, to move from the lazy, crazy days of summer to the joys and challenges of back to school, new teachers, homework & getting up early!
As with all transitions, it is important to:
1. Admit that the time is here!
Acknowledge the transition and create a plan. Give yourself and your family adequate time to think through what needs to change and create a plan. With a plan you can reduce stress and create ease!
2. Ease into new routines.
If an earlier bedtime is on the horizon, you might move bedtime 5-10 minutes earlier each night until you reach the desired school year bedtime. Do you need to establish a routine for homework? New boundaries for television and computer time? Discuss changes in scheduling that will occur once school starts and start implementing them!
3. Make the transition easier
Get the support you need to get through the transition with less stress and more ease. Support from family members, neighbors and professionals can help to make the transition a smooth one.
A few ways to ease the transition might be to:
- Line up babysitting for Back to School Night.
- Plan some self-care such as a massage, lunch with a friend, a movie night or a walk in the park.
- Purchase our book or e-book All in the Family, Clutter and Your Primary Relationships.
4. Get systems in place.
As the kids head back to school, you can support their success and keep order in your home by modeling decluttering and organization skills.
Work Spaces: Where will homework be done? Is the space big enough for current needs? Are all the supplies within an arm’s reach?
Storage Systems: Choose containers for collecting this year’s school work & art projects. Let your child help with the selection if possible. Agree that when this container is full, you and your child will select and keep only the best examples.
Declutter: Take a look at old school papers that have collected over the years. Consider setting aside an hour to sort through them and keep only those items that represent landmarks in your child’s development.
If your child is old enough, go through old artwork & papers with the child encouraging him/her to select their favorite pieces for a portfolio. Identify pieces that could be sent to grandparents or other loved ones. Consider using less notable pieces as wrapping paper!
Remember, you are your child’s first teacher! Modeling the skills of decluttering and organizing are gifts that will last a lifetime.
We are here to help. Whether through our blog, resources like All in the Family or our personal services, our goal is to help you set up systems to create more ease and less stress for your family.
Take advantage of our “Back to School/Back to Sanity” special. Special ends August 31st, 2015.