The Lazy Parent's Guide For Back To School


It’s time to go back to school, which sometimes means fumbling between unsigned permission slips and trying to remember which kid likes peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Though this isn’t always the case, most parents don’t have the time or energy to create perfectly square sandwiches and volunteer for every classroom activity.

For those who need a little extra push (or some confidence that their methods are still working) this school year, IKO Community Management presents a humorous guide for the “lazy” parent:

  1. Clean out the closet to get rid of clothes that don’t fit to make getting ready easier.

  2. Check the dress code before you go shopping for new clothes. It’ll save you another trip to the outlets.

  3. Pick out their outfit and pack lunches in advance to speed up the morning.

  4. Meal prep for dinner or stock up on bento boxes – not Lunchables.

  5. Create lunch money envelopes in case of emergency (or laziness).

  6. Make ready-made breakfasts, and put it in Ziploc bags within your kid’s reach.

  7. Put an organization caddy in the car to safely store fast healthy food to make the after-school dinner rush seem more... justifiable.

  8. Reuse functioning craft and school supplies from previous years to save some time and money.

  9. Purchase new school supplies online to prevent stressing over the latest and greatest lunchbox.

  10. Use a shoe rack to perfectly store pens, pencils, crayons, and other tiny school supplies at home in case of emergency science fair project situations.

  11. Create a master family calendar, or go digital to keep everyone on one wavelength.

  12. Go to Pinterest to find 1-day organizational projects, if you have a little time for creativity and less time for hassle. You can check out our page here.

  13. Have your kids use an accordion folder labeled “Permission Slips,” “Classroom/School Announcements,” and “Homework Help,” to simplify emptying their backpack.

  14. Sign up online for automatic grade notifications, and ask your child’s teacher to routinely email to skip the parent-teacher meetings.

  15. Don’t call the teacher or guidance counselor unless you absolutely have to. By working it out at home, you can teach them to not sweat the small stuff because it usually works out on its own.

  16. Create a homework station instead of wandering around the house to find your kid doing math problems.

  17. Commit to one volunteer opportunity, and go all out. When you put all of your effort into one bake sale or field trip, the PTA won't think twice when you’re too swamped to do another.

  18. Enlist a friend for carpool duty, after-school babysitting, or tutoring, so you don’t have to rush home from work.

  19. Network with parents. This could lead to some after-school play dates or more carpool opportunities. (Hooray!)

  20. Schedule an annual physical in early August. Most parents forget about these, so here’s a reminder to get your kids’ wellness check-up.

  21. Download Here Comes The Bus to keep track of the school bus schedule, so you can stop obsessively checking the clock.

  22. Place after-school equipment by the door, or pack everything in the car the night prior.

  23. Tuck your kids into bed early because everybody needs a good night’s sleep.

So, no parent is really lazy. It’s a light-hearted term for those hands-on parents who simply need a few new ways to reduce stress from the hustle and bustle of going back to school – and we hope our best tricks help!

From all of us at IKO Community Management, good luck this year.

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