The start of a new school year can be an exciting time—mostly for parents. It can also be challenging after a summer of fun and relaxed rules. Here are some tips for easing into the school year.
1. Be smart about clothing purchases
For some (teenage girls!), the best thing about back-to-school shopping is buying new clothes. But it’s easy to get carried away, especially when you live in a warm climate like San Antonio and won’t need hoodies or boots—or long sleeves, for that matter—for several months. Buying only what can be worn while the temperature is still in triple digits will help stretch your budget.
2. Clean out the closets
Back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to get organized at home. Cleaning out the kids’ closets will not only create space for their new clothes, but will also help them start the year with a clean slate, which can help them to keep the space tidy. Here are some more home organization tips that can help.
3. Streamline lunches
If your kids typically take their lunch to school, mornings—or nights before—can get a little hectic. Preparing as much as you can ahead of time can help. The kids might even ant to get involved! We also love this idea from Pinterest that helps kids pack their own lunches from pre-prepared healthy items in different categories.
Here are some more back to school lunch ideas.
4. Stock up on essentials
Especially when spiral notebooks are on sale for 10 cents apiece and you can get a pack of pens for a buck. Buy in bulk. You’ll be grateful later on.
5. Enforce bedtime
Bedtimes can get a little loose over the summer, and getting everyone back on schedule may not be easy. A week or so out from the start of school, cut back the kids’ bedtime by a few minutes or more, until they’re back on track before the first day.
6. Create a backback drop zone
After a summer free of notes home, homework packets, and backpacks cluttering up your kitchen table and countertops, the back-to-school mess might be a rude awakening. Mud rooms, laundry rooms with extra counter and/or cubby space, a large pantry, or a desk in the kitchen are all great spaces to designate as a backpack zone. Once kids get in the habit of putting their stuff in the same place every day, you’ll appreciate having a clutter-free kitchen.
7. Establish a schedule
Want the kids to come hem and do homework right away before TV or play time? Want to make sure chores are getting done? A chart that lays out expectations from day one will be easier to enforce. There are lots of options that can be customized to your family’s needs online.
8. Get your camera ready
First day of school pictures are a staple in many households. Even if your kids are getting older and you don’t have a picture of them from every new school year standing in front of your door or the front of the school, you can start now. You’ll be creating memories to last a lifetime.
You can create more warm memories when you live in a community that invites family togetherness and community spirit, like Mission del Lago. South San Antonio’s favorite masterplanned community, Mission del Lago is just five minutes from IH-37 and 15 minutes to downtown, offering easy commutes nearly anywhere in the city, yet with a scenic, serene setting and community amenities including the 18-hole Mission del Lago Golf Course.
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