In my years as worker, mother and home manager, I have experienced a full range of life’s little organizational challenges. I have run a business from a home shared with two tiny children and moved cross-country (and back). I've merged two cluttered households into one small city apartment, and lived for many happy years with a card-carrying packrat husband.
The challenge of home schooling a child beat them all hands-down, organizationally speaking.
Teachers, parents and homeschool families know that training kids to the planner habit makes for successful students.
School districts throughout the USA issue planners to pupils and integrate planner use into the school day. Homeschool families use planners to track and organize lessons, chores and activities, while tech-savvy teens rely on smartphone calendar and to-do apps to organize their work.
A student planner is only a tool. How do you teach a child to use one? Try these tips to teach kids the planner habit.
The start of a new school year means fresh supplies and new outfits ... and their less-welcome cousin, homework. How will you handle daily homework sessions in your organized home?
To stave off homework battles, it pays to make a plan. Creating a homework routine undercuts foot-dragging, while setting up a homework station keeps distractions to a minimum. Having a plan for homework accountability encourages student responsibility--and sees to it that homework gets done on time.
Ready to plan for homework? Try these tips to get it done swiftly, done right during the coming school year.
What to wear? For many families, this simple question is a daily flash-point for conflict on school mornings.
A budding fashionista throws a tantrum if a given outfit doesn't meet her standards, while another child insists on wearing one favorite shirt day after day--laundered or not. Younger children resist getting dressed at all, delaying the whole family's departure--and everyone's mood descends to the basement before the day has even begun.
Win the wardrobe wars! Try these ideas to get 'em up, dressed and off to school on time.
Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner "Arsenic Hour" comes close in the "Calgon, take me away!" category.
Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, "Mommy! I can't find my . . . !"
Getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to pull the bedclothes up and hide.
One small concept can go a long way to taming the morning beast: the family Launch Pad. Just as a spaceship must have a dedicated structure to support liftoff, so family members need a Launch Pad to stabilize them as they blast out the door.