You're sitting on a lawn chair with the older kids screaming through the sprinklers, and your toddler pulling on your shoulder asking for the fifth snack of the morning. Ah, the sounds of summer. Then you realize, wait. What day is it? School started when?
If you don't feel ready, that's ok! Here are a few helpful steps to help set you and your child up for success for the new school year. Take a breath, and then...
- Create a plan.
Isn't there something magical about a to-do list? Create a stunningly effective list of before-school-starts tasks, and tackle one at a time. It's helpful to prioritize so you don't just panic, watch netflix, and eat tacos while avoiding reality.
- Double check the syllabi for for supply lists.
Do you remember all of those beautiful, college-ruled packs of paper you bought your angel at the beginning of the last school year? The pens, oh, the beautiful pens. Those materials smelled like quality education, didn't they? Since they're probably all decimated at the bottom of your child's backpack, take stock of what survived scholastic armageddon, and then check in with your school to determine what else is going on the shopping list.
- Clothing check!
Summer is a fantastic time to pretend you're running some sort of pajama circus that just includes you and several tiny humans, but it is frowned upon in the halls of education. Children have a tendency to grow like weeds over the summer, so make sure they double check their clothes and make sure that they are still in tact and within school dress code.
- Create a school space.
We all know how quickly backpacks can get flung around once the school year gets started. Pick a "school space" where your kids can do their homework with minimal interruption, and keep their backpacks. That way you get to avoid the dreaded, "Where's my backpack?" in the morning rush.
- Meal Prep.
If you're ahead of the game and have all of that other stuff done, then meal-prepping is an excellent way to prepare for those days where you just can't do "the things" anymore. Freezer meals, crockpot dishes, and other meal preps make those crazy school days that much easier to manage.
- Don't Panic.
Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans." Take a moment to commit this school year to the Lord. I don't think that means that we won't have any tearful tantrums as the school year starts up (the kids might get upset too), but it does give us the peace to know that the Lord will work through it all for His glory.