Susan Morley, founder of The Parent Coaches, shares her best advice for scheduling.
How can families handle their “back to school” schedule better this year?
Take an inventory of the actual time spent in a given week. How many hours is your child doing homework? Eating meals? At an activity (including getting ready, commuting, etc.)? This will show parents where they are actually spending time.
If a family realizes they’re overscheduled, what are the next steps?
Parents can sit down with their children to make decisions about reducing stress. Some families may decide to cut all extracurricular activities for six months and then add things back in if wanted. Sometimes no activities are cut, but the family comes up with solutions to streamline their processes.
What are some of those solutions?
Having a central calendar in the home and a person who is assigned to keep it up to date is a great way to communicate to everyone in the family what is happening when. I still prefer paper to online versions.