Countdown to College – Sending Your Kid Off to University Life

In three weeks my ( teenage! ) daughter starts out on her first real-life journey away from home, so we are on a Countdown to College! I’m focusing on spending this emotionally charged time with her, tying up the loose ends, and hopefully sending her off with excitement and joy for both of us! We are shopping for the dorm room necessities, packing up her belongings, and finalizing the details. Here are some ideas for you to get your student’s college experience off to a great start! Practical Dorm Room Purchases – This is a fun thing for me, so I can easily go overboard! Remember when you are shopping to keep it practical! Your student will most-likely be living in a 15 x 15 ft room with a roomate in college, therefore, have your student coordinate with that roomate if possible. Encourage them to decide on a color scheme, decorating, larger purchases, and other living details....

The Top 3 Back-to-School Ideas You Can’t Live Without!

One of my most clear Back-to-School memories is the new book tote my mother bought for me in the 4th grade. It had the perfect fabric – a green tartan plaid – and a cross body strap adjusted to the perfect length! Absolutely EVERYONE had one of some kind or another, and so did I! I’m in charge of getting everyone back to school, and things seem a smidge more complicated! I’m here to tell you that getting yourself organized is key. Here are my top 3 ideas to start you on your way. Tip #1 – Organize the FOOD!  Getting back-to-school can create mealtime planning chaos if you aren’t prepared. Plan out breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Trust me on this one – it will make life SO MUCH EASIER! You will also save a TON of time cooking and grocery shopping. My method is simple. Create a ‘Catagory Plan’ for each day, make a...

Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...

Back to School Routine – Getting out the Door on Time

Back to School Routine-Getting out the Door on Time Do you hear that sound? It’s familiar…you’ve heard it before. It’s the sound of school bells ringing. High school gates are opening. Grade school playgrounds are clean and tidy. Teachers have their rooms prepared. It’s Back-to-School time! The lazy days of summer have come to a close, and a working plan must be set in motion, all with the hopes of Mom and Dad still getting to work on time! Here are some tips to help you with your Back to School Routine. PREPARATION Ever heard the expression, ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.’? A few weeks before school starts, sit everyone down around the kitchen table and have a Back to School Routine conversation. What are your needs, desires, and expectations for this new year? Everyone gets to share. Do a quick review of last year. What went great? How could things be improved?...

Toss the Backpack Junk

School is to an end and you are there asking yourself what to do with all the junk in your kids backpacks. How could they even fit all of the school year’s paintings in that miniature adult sized backpack? Why are there so many broken crayons in there?   Toss the Backpack Junk Don’t “deal with the backpack later”, deal with it now. Deal with it now so when the new school year arrives you will have one less “to-do” on your list. Try these 3 easy steps to sort out the backpack clutter. Step #1. Toss it, if it is obviously junk. You really don’t need to keep your kindergartners tissue paper as a souvernir. Trust, they will not thank you for saving it when they are older. Toss the broken mechanical pencil and those dried out markers.   Step #2. Make “donate” and “keep” piles. If your kid grew out his Jonas Bros pencil...