7 Habits to Start the School Year off Right


  1. Decide on ONE family calendar, whether it’s electronic back to schoolor it hangs on the wall in the mud room. Get into the habit of writing every last parent or kid commitment onto the calendar. If you can review the day’s schedule with family members each morning at breakfast, that’s even better!
  2. Empty backpacks every night. Go through miscellaneous paper daily. This will make things easier in the long term and you won’t miss important deadlines.
  3. Create a homework station for your kids. Place trays, folders, or compartments to store homework assignments and completed homework for each child in the kitchen, home office, or wherever homework is done.
  4. Store school information and parent communication in a personal file for you. The kids don’t need access to that information.
  5. Purge all school papers monthly. Take time to glance over all paper and toss as much as you can.
  6. Remove school-related keepsakes or special mementos from everyday paper storage areas. Get the keepsakes out of the way in bins, containers or folders. Label one for each child.
  7. Organize the emails you receive from school and sports programs by creating email folders within your email inbox. Label them either by your child’s name or the proper noun for the school or program.

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4 Responses to 7 Habits to Start the School Year off Right

  1. I am now starting the habit of checking the calendar everyday for any schedules. I used to miss or forget school activities and important matters because I don’t have the habit of checking a calendar everyday.

  2. Back to school!

    How I wish I had seen this resource around August or September…it sure would have made a big difference in getting back to school.

    Anyway, I’ve copied the points down. I will definitely implement them immediately irrespective of time lost.

    Do have a great day!

    – Terungwa

  3. I definitely agree with the shared calendar. My partner and I have had issues where one of us forgets to add an activity to the calendar. One calendar has definitely solved this issue!

  4. CrudeMan

    I think #2 (Emptying backpacks) is probably the most important one. It’s definitely a good exercise as it prepares you to start fresh. For kids, everyday is a new day… Thanks for the wonderful tips.

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