I can hardly believe that it is time to get ready for another school year. The commercials are on TV, school supply displays are popping up in the stores, and summer activities are winding down. It seems like just last week was the first day of summer.
Most schools in Iowa will start in about three weeks. This is a good time to set some goals for the upcoming school year. If getting kids up, fed, and out the door always is a struggle, you may want to look for some easy changes to your routine. Lost library books or assignments may be preventable when you designate a special spot for those items. A little planning now may make weekdays a little easier throughout the school year.
If mornings are chaotic because your child takes forever to choose an outfit and get dressed, consider some options. Some students choose their clothing for the next day at bedtime. If it takes your child so long to make a decision that it delays bedtime, consider allowing them to choose a weeks worth of clothing over the weekend.
Breakfast options are easy to plan ahead. Allow your child to choose five or six different options that are nutritious, fast, and easy to prepare. You can chart the options or the student can choose one before school.
Take some time now, before life goes back into a difficult routine to make some changes. You will be glad you did.