Today's Grommet is Lunchbots, an eco-friendly way to pack those endless school lunches and snacks. Add 'em to your Back to School list. Like Hannah, you probably have a long list, and we bet you love to check things off!
By Hannah from Blairs Boys
I pride myself on being a very organized person. I possess your typical "Type A" personality. I love to make lists. I prioritize, diarize and strategize.
As the summer holidays draw to a close, the thought of back-to-school preparation fills many parents with dread. I, however, am in my element. This is an example of when planning ahead and being organized is totally worth the effort (because let's face it, sometimes being organized is really NOT worth the effort. Like when you alphabetize your CD collection. It's a waste of time, because everybody else just mucks it up again).
One of the best ways to be more organized is to make a checklist. I gain great satisfaction from ticking things off a list.
Think about school supplies. School bags, book bags. Lunchboxes, drink bottles. Name labels for everything. Uniforms, shoes, sports gear. Haircuts, optometrist appointments, vaccinations. Buying school supplies is the thing I look forward to the most. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to brand new stationary. To me, there's nothing better than the smell of crisp, new notebooks and bunches of freshly sharpened pencils. Ahhh, bliss!
But if, for some strange reason, you don't get your thrills from buying erasers and folders and crayons, consider shopping online. Our local bookstore will actually fill stationery orders the same day if they are emailed to them before 11am. You just have to go and pick it up. Oh, and pay for it.
There is another thing that is important when it comes to back-to-school prep...SCHEDULES.
Getting your children to shift from a relaxed summertime schedule back to a structured routine can be tough (and not just on the kids). I am NOT a morning person, so I relish the chance to sleep in during the holidays. My kids tend to stay up a bit later when they're not at school, and subsequently sleep later in the mornings. This is all wonderful and lovely, but then BAM! It's back to school, and back to getting up early, making lunches, getting kids up, dressed and fed, then getting them out the door and into their classrooms on time.
A good idea (and one that I have yet to implement in my own household) is to slowly ease back into a routine 2 or 3 weeks before school starts again. Nibble away at those late bedtimes, morning sleep-ins and lazy breakfasts.
I am definitely going to take my own advice next time, and extend my preparedness by gradually easing back into our school-term routine. Hmm, perhaps I should add it to my checklist?!
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