It’s that time of year again…and with school bells ringing in the not-too-distant future, it can really help to be prepared. Read on for some helpful tips – from setting a sleep schedule to planning ahead – to make your family’s transition from days at the beach to days in the classroom a bit easier.
Get some sleep.
Quick changes from relaxed summer mornings to busy schooldays can be a shock, which is why it may be helpful to practice your family’s back to school schedule before the bells ring and class is in session.
You can start by waking the kiddos just a little bit earlier, or having them practice setting and using their own alarm clock. Setting aside 20 minutes of quiet reading time before bed may also be an effective way to unwind before bed.
By easing into a new schedule, you’ll allow yourself and your family time to adjust and become more familiar with their new routine.
Planning ahead can save you time, energy, and stress, especially as you’re getting used to a new routine – and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Prepare simple, healthy lunches for your kids ahead of time, so they can grab and go when the morning rolls around. For breakfast, overnight oats are quick and easy, and lunches that have a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables will help give your kids the energy to take on their day.
Having your kids lay out their clothes, backpacks, sports gear, and other necessary items the night before can also help to keep them organized and help to prevent early morning searches for missing shoes.
While getting into the swing of a new schedule and routine can be a challenge for any family, it can be made easier when you work together as a team. Establish goals as a collective to improve grades, be more consistent with homework, get more play-time outside, or simply get out the door on-time.
Whatever goals you set, working together will help to reduce stress, while also teaching kids the importance of goal-setting and team work.
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