When you have kids the phrase “the Big O” takes on a whole new, much less ecstatic meaning. I’m talking about Organization that ever elusive, but always necessary component to a sane school year. As a mother of two boys, aged 7 and 10, I am all too familiar with the telltale signs of kiddie-related school year chaos the backpacks that look like they’ve been stuffed with exploded firecrackers, lunch boxes that hold archaeological clues to lunches from years past, unread school memos about last month’s parent volunteer days so that’s why I got those nasty looks from the PTA moms at pick-up the other day…
Well, fret not, there’s light maybe just a 5 watt night light but light just the same at the end of that long, dark tunnel. So says Amy Morris, single Mom of two teenagers and founder of GotFamilyGetOrganized. com who offers these unique and eternally hopeful tips on how prep and handle the demands and chaos of the school year.
Hub Of The House Create a central location to hang a bulletin board that will hold important school and family information. Teach kids to update the calendar upon receiving new information and get in the habit of checking it the night before for the following day’s activities so that they can prepare in advance.
GotFamilyGetOrganized.com An organized parent sets a good example. This website stores in a unique, simplified, and easy to use format, important family information: school schedules and extracurricular activities, social and sport information, and medical, just to name a few, and it is all available in a central location that can be accessed anytime and anywhere from any computer, iPad, or smart phone.
Organize Backpacks A backpack is your child’s personal assistant. Teach them how to keep it neatly organized by only filling them with necessary school day items and keeping out unnecessary loose papers, non-school items and liquids.
Make Lists Teaching kids to make and prioritize lists will provide them with a greater sense of accomplishment – as they complete items and their lists become smaller, they will feel more productive and they have a greater sense of satisfaction in themselves. Kids will take ownership for their tasks, shape their own time, and gain greater independence.
Student File Storage Teach your kids to sort and effectively file school papers in an organized manner. It will be crucial to them at exam time especially if midterm and end of year final exams are inclusive of all the material covered to date.