5 Ways To Be An Organised Parent This School Year
It’s February. The back to school rush has passed, and for better or for worse, your children are all safely back at school. How ready are you to face the next 10 months of the school year? The younger your children, the more you need to be a responsible parent. Being organised is key.
The good news is that the possible teething problems you’ve faced over the past three weeks don’t have to predict how the rest of your year as an organised parent is going to go. You can avoid a year filled with rushed mornings and missed appointments.
These five tips will help you turn things around and help you become a better organised parent this school year.
- Go Digital
A digital calendar is one of the best inventions when it comes to staying organised. It’s more than just a place to keep a list of appointments. A digital calendar to help you organise your time is easily shareable with colleagues, partners and others It will also automatically remind you of appointments ahead of time.
There are hundreds of apps that can help you digitise your life. Google calendar is the go-to app for most professionals and does a great job of booking times. It also is super efficient in factoring in all meeting requests that you accept through email. Google calendar will help you remember the times of specific meetings and events.
Another popular app is Evernote, which has a generous basic (and free) subscription that allows you to make notes and track appointments.
What to track:
- School meetings;
- Doctors’ appointments;
- Extramural activities; and
- Recitals, sports matches and other important dates.
- Note Dates
There’s nothing quite as devastating as the moment you realise your child has been left out. Be it on purpose, through malice or accidentally. It’s worse when your child gets left out of activities that are not fun but important for their development and to help them bond with their tribe of friends. And the most devastating of all, is when you realise they’ve been left out because of your own poor time management and bad organisation.
Friends’ birthday parties, class trips and playdates are all important to keep track of as an organised parent. Taking note of each child’s class trips and best friends’ birthdays is one way to ensure that your child will continue to feel part of their childhood tribe.
- Shop Ahead
We previously touched on this: shopping ahead will save you a lot of time. Set time aside on the weekend to either shop for the week or month ahead. This will require a bit of planning on your side as far as the meals that you might want to prepare during the week or month. Once you have decided, go on and fill your trolley. Perishables and daily food like fruits, vegetables, milk and meat will require at least a fortnightly replenish.
Shopping ahead has the key benefit of eliminating the need for takeaways or other junk food substitutes that are frequently the first stop if groceries run out.
- Create a homework routine
Designate a time and homework area for your child to work into their early evening routine on a daily basis. Encourage your child to do homework (including big projects) on a daily basis. Through this homework routine, they will be able to cut down their workload into manageable chunks that won’t overwhelm them as much as leaving everything to the last moment would.
For younger children who don’t have much homework, this time can be used to practice and reading what they did each day in class.
- Pack early
As with getting homework done, lunchboxes fixed and uniform laid out the night before, it’s useful to pack school and gym bags the night before. Once homework is done and checked, books must go back into the bags and extramural activity bags must be packed. If you have rushed around five minutes before having to leave the house looking for shin pads, you know how not being an organised parent can hurt your mornings.
Bonus: if you have help in your life or can afford to hire help (say, an au pair to drive your children to activities and supervise homework) strongly consider using it. Tasks that don’t need your personal touch don’t mean you or your partner are not needed.
There you have it! You are ready to go on with the school year as a more organised parent.