School seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Some students are already finishing up their first week of class while others are enjoying the last few days or weeks of summer break.

Whether your kids are already in school or just about to start, getting organized is always well-timed.

We culled down Care.com’s list of 101 Back-to-School Tips for Kids and Parents to the 29 tips categorized in three buckets: Time Management, Meal Management and Homework Management. For the entire list, click here

Time Management

  1. Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day.
  2. Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.
  3. Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?
  4. Establish a set “Family Time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.
  5. Use an egg timer to get your kids used to focusing for specific periods of time.
  6. Set a regular alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.
  7. Set — and enforce — regular weekday and weekend bedtimes.
  8. Set — and enforce — regular weekday and weekend wake-up calls.
  9. Establish regular bedtime routines for elementary school kids and preschoolers.
  10. Encourage your kids to lay out their school clothes the night before.
  11. Use this printable checklist to establish a regular morning routine.
  12. Make sure your kids (and you!) have an effective wake-up alarm that works for them.
  13. Set an alarm or notification 30 minutes before bedtime.

Meal Management

  1. Set up the breakfast table before you go to bed.
  2. If your kids bring their own lunch, purchase lunch boxes or reusable bags to help save the environment.
  3. Get your kids involved in creating and preparing their daily lunch menus.
  4. Organize lunch ingredients in one part of the fridge so you can make fast lunches.
  5. Pack their lunch boxes before going to bed.
  6. Or better yet, make a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday, wrap in tinfoil, and freeze. Thaw them the night before.
  7. Establish rules for where they should put lunchboxes, etc. when they come home.
  8. Pack a drink – Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water is a great low-sugar option – especially for older kids.

Homework and Paper Organization

  1. Create a dedicated space for your kids to store their school supplies and technology.
  2. Create an inbox for kids to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.
  3. Help your kids develop a filing system for organizing their documents for each class.
  4. Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.
  5. Have your kids pack their school bags before they go to sleep that night.
  6. Go through your kids’ schoolwork once a month to toss the things you don’t want.
  7. File or scan assignments that you want to keep.
  8. Designate a plastic tub as a put-away bin for anything that’s out of its place.
  9. Make homework caddies that can be used to carry school supplies through the house.

Have a great school year!

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