Make a launch pad
To limit the morning madness, organisation expert Cynthia Ewer advises a single place for all out-the-door essentials. Put lunch bags, books, keys etc in boxes colour-coded for each family member, for a smoother exit.
Turn off the TV
The week before school starts, the National Association of School Psychologists encourages replacing TV with quiet games, puzzles, and reading activities to prepare your child for that early-morning learning again.
On the wall
Picking one spot in the home for a calendar to keep track of all events and activities for the whole family will help to limit scheduling conflicts. Try whiteboard or chalkboard calendars so it’s easy to make changes.