Back to School, Back to Life, Finding the Routine that Works
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, September 07, 2013, 04:41 PM EDT
After a relaxing and fun-filled summer, it’s time to get the kids back to school, which can be a hectic time for parents. As the days get shorter, the to-do lists get longer in the struggle to bring families back to the school year routine. Settling into your fall groove is crucial to starting the year off on the right foot. There’s no doubt about it, a routine makes life easier and more manageable. Studies have shown that implementing a stable routine can reduce stress, boost energy, and foster family engagement. So now that the kids are heading back to school, how can you create and improve your family’s routines and knock off the many tasks on your long list?
When the school year ends in May, so does adherence to schedules and firm structure for many families. Summer allows for more free time in a relaxed environment, with less demanding calendars and commitments. When fall comes around, before your tan has even faded, it’s all of a sudden time to snap back to attention. You are expected to put those routines and structure right back into place as you are juggling all of the tasks that have been piling up during the summer months and the ones that September naturally brings. It’s hard to get back into a routine no matter the time of year, but it becomes even trickier when you add on all of those seemingly endless to dos.
Brooke Stone, a local New Yorker and business owner, created a solution for families looking to set a routine. Her company, Brooke Stone Lifestyle Management, custom matches busy New Yorkers to expert personal assistants from their team, and the organization is often called upon to help busy New York City families manage tasks and establish new routines to ease the stress of the back to school season. Brooke Stone Lifestyle Management finds that many families are simply overwhelmed, and just need a little structure and extra hands on deck to bring everything back to order.
“Whether you’re a stay-at-home or working parent, setting a routine is essential this time of year because it sets the tone for the rest of the year,” said Stone. “Many people think that the new year starts January 1st, but for a lot of families, it starts when the kids start to go back to school in September. It’s important to go into the “new year” organized and on top of everything. You want to create routine and predictability to your days and own your to-do lists, instead of feeling lost or overwhelmed by the circumstances of your day-to-day life.
Companies like Brooke’s offer unique assistance in a variety of areas. Services include everything from family scheduling, setting up transportation and extra curricular activities, changing over seasonal closets, shopping for school supplies, all the way to making sure your summer home is winter ready.
“A lot of people don’t know where to start or what’s the best way to get things in order once September hits. Our first step is always to create order in the home and everyday life. If you can create a happy, supportive home environment, the rest easily falls into place,” continued Stone. “The more simple services we offer, such as calendar management, often have the biggest impact on reducing the stress level of our clients. By taking some of those tasks off their plates, we help make it possible for our clients and their families to free up the time and energy to be with each other more, in a relaxed and productive way. What better way to start a new year?”