NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

4 Tips to Get Your Home ‘Back To School’ Ready

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the kids to go back to school and it isn’t all just about new clothes, backpacks and classroom supplies. It also means getting your home ready for those rushed mornings, after school snacks, activities and homework. Here are a few ways you can prepare your home for the new school year

Designate a Backpack Drop Zone
Whether it’s in the entryway or by the back door, designating an unloading zone for backpacks, and if you have more than one kid or teen in school, cubbies can help them be organized and save the hassle of having to search the house 5 minutes before the bus comes or you need to get on route to the school.

Set Up a Homework Station
Having a specific area where your child or teen can focus on their work without being distracted is a must. This can be a built-in desk in the kitchen, a space in the bonus room or a private area in their bedroom. Not every child studies the same way. Find what works best for your child and your family.

Stock and Organize the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home, especially during the school year. Is your kitchen ready for weekday mornings and dinners? Having the fridge and pantry fully stocked with quick, healthy snacks and foods for packed lunches,  after school munchies and help to keep dinner preparations minimal during weekdays.

Establish Weekday Schedules
What time should homework be finished by? How much tablet and/or video game time is allowed? When is bedtime? Establishing time frames for after-school activities during the week will help set expectations for the year and also help your children understand how much time they have for school work and play. Keep in mind that each child or teen might have more or less homework than the others and/or finish quicker. Be fair and allow them to take needed breaks while remaining on task.

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