It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is wrapping up and the bustle of back-to-school is in full swing. Going from flexible summer days to mornings dictated by the alarm clock can certainly be a jolt to the system. While you can’t make the summer last any longer, there are a few things you can do to help the transition back-to-school. Here are a few tips to get you started.
This means establishing a nighttime routine that will get the kids in bed early so they get enough sleep. Keep in mind that if you haven’t had much of a routine over the summer, it will take a few days to get back into this habit. Don’t wait until the day before school starts. Ideally, you start this routine at least a week prior to the first day of school. Tip: Avoid any screen time after dinner since the blue light from screens can impact sleep cycles.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
What can you, and your kids, do today? Pick out clothing for the next day, pack lunches, prep breakfast, organize backpacks with papers, books, etc.? Mornings can be extra-stressful and the less you have to do, and think about, the better!
Make a plan.
This may sound obvious, but simply writing down a basic plan or list of to-do’s can help with the overwhelm. It’s also a great idea for your kids to make a very simple list – the more they can be involved in the process, the better.
Recognize that change can be hard.
A new school year can bring up a lot of fears and anxiety, there’s so much that is new. Keeping this in mind, it’s even more important to establish a good routine at home where kids know what to expect.
Do you have any back-to-school tips to share? What are your favorite do’s and don’ts? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.