Obviously, the school year is well underway, but it's this time of year that we have to make a real effort to maintain our routines and keep up the organizational momentum lie we had when the school year began.
These are some of our school year tips:
1. Commit to keeping the family calendar updated - We write things on a monthly calendar as they come up, and each Sunday I transcribe the upcoming week to a larger M-F format and the whole family meets briefly about it for any updates. I’ve also started maintaining it online so we can have it on our phones as well.
2. Keep up with the laundry and the dishes each night - After a long day at work, I can easily talk myself into dealing with those “tomorrow”, and then they somehow reach critical mass. I may not do laundry each night, but I try to gather dirty clothes each night and sort them to make sure there’s nothing we need to clean for the next day.
3. Have kids do homework in the same place at the same time when possible - Our evening routine gets in trouble when we change up the homework routine. Even if it’s a late night with sports practices, things always go better when we do things in the same order.
4. Prepare books, lunches and clothes the night before -It's tough, but no matter how late it is, I try very hard to make myself prepare lunches, get out clothes and supervise the kids packing backpacks before bed. It makes a big difference when it’s time to get out the door in the mornings.
5. Deal with clutter spots each day - Our kitchen counter is a clutter magnet, and I find I'm less stressed if I keep it weeded out and we can find what we need.
With a teen and a tween in the house and another off at college, we are pulled in lots of directions. As they get older, there are more activities to juggle along with school work and they can often make for later-than-I'd-like nights. So, after school snacks can be really important because it may be a while until dinner.
We've tried out some Tyson Any’tizers Snacks for a substantial snack before sports practices, and they've been a hit. They're quick to make and serve and they've tided the boys over until dinner. Popcorn Chicken is always a hit and we've recently tried Chicken Cordon Bleu mins:
To help out busy families like ours, Tyson has created the Tyson Any'tizers Snacks School Year Survival Guide where you can find all kinds of helpful hints from things such as managing time and developing good study habits to community fundraising efforts and ideas for snacks for the whole family.
Do you have any school-year tips that help keep your family going? Share in the comments below!
Disclosure: This post is part of a compensated campaign with Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks, but we really do enjoy snacks and my thoughts are my own.