Parental Tips for Back-to-School

Designate an area in the house for school stuff (backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.). Get a basket for school paperwork that need to be signed. Make a week’s worth of school lunches on one day. Create a master family calendar and e-mail appointments to the spouse and grandparents. All are tips the Miami Herald offered to working parents as ways with which to cope with back-to-school madness, saying that by planning ahead you can try and hope to stay “organized and sane.” (September 2007)


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The basket is a great idea. Now, getting the kids to put it in there and then pick it up again or remembering yourself to file it back in the correct backpack is the real trick!