Dr Scott B. McCabe

Staying Organized for September

For some families, summer is the best time of the year, schedules are more flexible, no arguing over homework or chores, stay up late and sleep in.  And then September arrives! It is important to get everyone back on track with schedules and being organized.  There is a reduced amount of stress in a home when everyone is aware of schedules and staying organized. 

Have the kids pick out their clothes before they go to bed.  Make it part of the routine: brush your teeth, pick out your clothes and 15 minutes of reading or being read to before tucking in for the night.

Keep bedtime at a regular time.  Children (& adults) function better with restful sleep.  Turn of the wifi at night to avoid teens from sneaking on line and loosing track of time.  Better yet, keep all phones in the kitchen for the night. There is no reason to sleep with your phone!

Don’t forget breakfast in the morning. It really does get the day started even if it something light.  Don’t let people leave the house without something in their tummy.

Decide on an after school routine. Each family is different, try different ideas until you find one that works for you. Homework first? Put away school lunch bags? Do a chore first? 30 minutes of ‘free time.’?

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