Organization is Key for a Smooth School Year
Getting your home and routine organized are great ways to ensure an easier go of things. Kids love and thrive in structured environments and it doesn’t have to cost a lot to get organized. We know, we’re not Martha Stewart either, but you don’t have to be! One of our fave family life simplifying and user friendly tools is Cozi. Check out these links for some more great, easy-to-follow school and home organization ideas:
- Even the littles will get ready faster in the morning with these cool routines!
- Create after school routines to suit your family’s needs.
- Kids can help around the house! Help them help you with these chore charts.
- It is possible to go from overwhelmed to organized!
- Home and family organization hacks that won’t break the bank.
- These super creative study stations inspire!
Get Kids to Bed Earlier for Better School Performance
Too little sleep or poor sleep have been linked to academic performance, particularly in math and language arts reports Time. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10-11 hours of sleep per night for children ages five to 12. Teenagers only need about 9 hours though (thank Good-ness!).
“My husband came up with the best idea one morning and we’ve used it several times since then. When our kids are complaining about having to get up one trick that always works is to declare a race to see who can get out of bed, get dressed, teeth brushed, bed made and downstairs first.
The winner gets to pick the music we listen to on the way to school.
That competition thing works like magic!”
– Kris, BGTP Founder and Mom of two
Start Off the School Day with a Good Breakfast
According to a story on HealthyChildren.org, “children who eat breakfast are generally in better health overall” and that “skipping breakfast is more likely to cause weight gain than it is to prevent it. A 2008 study in the journal Pediatrics found that adolescents who ate breakfast daily had a lower body mass index than teens who never ate breakfast or only on occasion.”
In a rush? While a healthy, sit-down breakfast is ideal, we know how hard it is to get the kids out the door on time some mornings. Here are some quick, healthy breakfast-on-the-go suggestions:
- Peanut (or almond) butter on toast – add bananas
- Greek yogurt with fresh fruit or granola
- A piece of fruit
- An organic, frozen breakfast burrito
- Dry cereal
- Granola bar (watch the sugar and high fructose corn syrup content)
Always Make Time for Love
No matter how crazy the day is, how cranky Mr. Wouldn’t-Go-to-Sleep-Last-Night is or how Miss “Mom! WHERE ARE THE FLIP FLOPS I HAD ON YESTERDAY?!?!” are can send even the most chill of parents to the edge. Take a breath. Remember that before you know it, they will be grown, out of the house and you will be wishing very much that you had their toys lying in the middle of the floor – AGAIN – to pick up.
Try to make sure to let your kids know how much you love them and wish them a great day before you say goodbye in the morning and let them know you are glad they are home safely at the end of the day. Let them know that they are valued, and that you hear them.
Remember…kids learn their behavior at home so practicing a Be Good to People lifestyle at home is one of the BEST ways to ensure that your kids have a great year ahead!
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