Going back to school marks the end of lazy summer days. Sleeping until 9:30, lounging on the deck in pajamas until noon, bowling, swimming, playing in the sprinkler, beach vacations, $1 movie days, mini golf, and lunch at Chick-Fil-A will soon be swept away with waking up at 5:45 to the sound of an alarm (although I love the beach, ocean waves crashing on my sound machine that early in the morning don't sound much better than the annoying beeping that it replaces), shuffling to wake D up, getting dressed in something other than shorts, t-shirts & flip flops, putting on makeup, brushing my hair, being careful not to wake J before I get myself ready, running around like a crazy woman, and making it out the door by 7:20 with both boys in tow & ready to face the day!
Before J was born, I would tackle small chores (fold laundry, change the sheets, unload the dishwasher) before we left the house, but I'm thinking that won't happen as much...if at all.
I am still organized, but I feel like no matter how much planning I do, I'm never prepared for a last-minute episode of projectile vomiting or a diaper blow-out! To make life a little easier, I combined some ideas I've read in various places and am hoping they work for us...fingers crossed!!
I typed a daily schedule for D to follow. I don't like to nag (and he hates when I do), so hopefully this will help him to be more organized and independent in the mornings before leaving and when we get home in the afternoons. I keep telling him he's in fourth grade and needs to be more responsible...hoping this helps!
Homework has often been an issue in our house. I've tried to set up schedules for getting it done in the past, but none of my ideas ever worked. And I'm a teacher...yikes! Even though we always got homework done, it sometimes became a hassle and/or argument. This year, I'm enforcing the homework rules, and I'm not backing down. D can either choose to do it in the living room (w/ no TV), at the dining room table, or at his desk (this was my desk at my grandparents' house when I was a little girl, and I refinished it a couple years ago)...I still love it. Homework will be the first thing he does after we get home (after a quick snack) while I'm making dinner. He keeps all of his favorite things there (everything Steelers & PSU, of course), so it makes it more inviting for him to sit down and work. I might have to confiscate his laptop during homework time, though!
I'm fortunate enough to have a wonderful babysitter who makes bottles & does laundry (bibs, burp cloths, blankets, etc) for J...so all I have to do is take him in the morning. She lets me know when diapers, wipes & formula are running low, but other than those couple of things, we're set...and that saves me loads of time in the mornings!
Oh, and my teacher bag...you know, the one we teachers drag home every night & sometimes it doesn't even make it into the house (because a big purse and lunch bag just aren't enough to carry out at the end of a long day)? Well, if I do bring it in, it hangs on the door knob so I can drop "stuff" in it when I walk by...and hopefully it makes it back to the car later that night or the next morning on my way out!
Anyway, happy scheduling & routine-making for your kids as you start back to school in your house. Let the running begin :)