Getting Your Kids Back To The Routine
Before you know it, the holidays will be over and your kids will be getting up early again to go back to school. You’ll want to make things easier on yourself and your family by easing back into the schedule as painlessly as possible. Kids will start the new year off on the right foot if they are prepared, and that means by being ready to return to school bright eyed and refreshed. Check out these ideas to make a smooth transition back into school, for both you and your kids.
Before the holiday break ends, set a family meeting to go over everything you all need to know about the upcoming schedules. Go over what time each one is expected to get up, when school starts, and what is going on every day after school. Go over extracurricular activities scheduling, what the kids need to have ready as far as equipment, and how and when they will be picked up. Now is the time to go over with your partner who will be driving, and what carpools you will be in. Dinner scheduling, from who does what as far as chores, to times for dinner can be discussed too.
A few days before school starts you will need to reset the kids’ clocks by having them go to bed early. They’re going to fuss and try to get out of this, but it is probably the most important thing for your kids to do. Getting a good night’s sleep and getting up on time sets the tone for the rest of the day. Trying to get a too tired kid motivated in the morning can set the whole family back for the rest of the day, and the child will not be his best for school. And don’t forget, moms and dads, to set your alarm clocks early so that you are up and at ‘em before the kids.
Preparations made the night before can make for a smooth back to school morning. Help your kids set out their clothing, backpacks, and any other items they need for the next day. Make the school lunches the night before, and plan to have an easy to put together breakfast the next morning. Go over any assignments they may have had over the break to be sure all their work is done and in their backpacks.
Set aside a little down time to go over with your child the coming weeks at school. Make sure there are no concerns your child has, and talk positive about seeing school friends again and doing well in their favorite subjects. Use the time to have your child set a new goal or two on what he wants to accomplish or work on when he gets back to school.
By treating the back to school scheduling matter of factly and working together as a family, the transition should be relatively easy. Use organizational skills to make sure everyone is ready, and have everyone pitch in together. These tips will have everyone up and ready to get to school on time.