Back To School Prep: Getting Back Into The Routine
With a new school year on the horizon, you and your family might be starting to think about transitioning from a more laid-back summer schedule into a more structured school year one. If you don’t plan ahead, this switch can feel abrupt and be difficult for the whole family.
To help ease the transition just a bit, here are a few tips to try in the days and weeks leading up to the start of school:
Set an earlier bedtime. Chances are, strict bedtimes have fallen to the wayside during the summer months, but now it’s time to get everyone back on a school year-appropriate sleep schedule. Start easing your family back into this routine in the week or two leading up to the start of school so that first early morning wake-up call won’t be nearly as painful.
Involve your kids in prep for the morning. Have your children jump in to help the night before to make mornings run more smoothly. If you start to practice this before the school year begins, everyone will be clear on their roles when it comes to these tasks. Before bed, spend time doing things to avoid your mornings being too rushed such as laying out an outfit for the next day, packing lunches, planning for breakfast so it’s not last minute, setting an alarm, etc.
Practice an adjusted eating schedule. For many kids, going back to school means eating meals and snacks at strange times. They might have an early lunch, or have to get used to eating more in the morning to make it to snack time. Begin practicing for this at home so the real deal isn’t as hard to swallow.
Pick up a book. If you’ve been lax about reading over the summer, help your children choose a book or two to read before school starts and dedicate some time each day to reading.