If you’re like me, all you’re saying on Facebook and social media are postings about fall weather, pumpkins, and of course, the famous pumpkin spice latte. But getting back into a routine can be a little hectic for families. Here are four ways to make transitioning into fall a little bit easier.
Use a family calendar.
Keeping track of everyone’s busy schedule can be exhausting and coordinating on cell phones and mobile devices can get even more confusing, especially when everyone cannot see what’s going on for the day at the same time. Getting a large paper calendar for the kitchen or dining room and using a different color marker for each person’s activities can make things a little bit easier. You can use a family Google calendar or an app like Cozi to stand top of everyone’s schedule as well but visually seeing the activities for the day sometimes is a little bit easier.
Have dinner covered.
Same with the activities calendar, you can use the same calendar for dinner menus or create your own for the refrigerator. Doing a weekly meal planning and shopping during the weekend or buying meal kit services can alleviate the dreary question of “what’s for dinner?” Every night. You can even make one meal extend for several days such as a large pork shoulder with shredded pork, shredded chicken, or a large beef roast and make sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, and noodle bowls for several days.
Communicate with your kids.
Sometimes the only organization you need is for everyone to get on the same page. If kids are making a big change like going from elementary school to middle school, ask them what would work for them to get them up in the morning, organize their school lunches, homework, and to make sure everyone understands their duties first thing in the morning.
Do a trial run.
If your kids are like mine and have been sleeping in all summer, switching back to a busy school schedule can fill a little bit jarring. About a week before school starts gradually go through the setup and daily schedule so you understand how early you have to get up, how long everything takes to get ready, and when the first day comes you’ll be prepared.