Motivate Your Kids To Be Ready For School Again
Christmas break can wreak havoc on your kid’s schedule and make going back to school a nightmare. Parties, Christmas get togethers, shopping, and a late night New Year’s Eve all can contribute to your kid having forgotten what it’s like to wake up early and get ready for school. The good news is, it shouldn’t take too long to get the kids back into a routine with a little help from some tried and true tips to make the transition a smooth one.
Be Proactive About Wake Up Time
A few days before the kids are headed back to school, start waking them up at the time they do when they go to school. One trick is to leave the blinds up at night, and let the morning sun help you wake them up. Even if they go to bed late, get them up early. They will go to bed early that night and even sleep better. Be aware they may be some grumblings about getting up early on a non school day, but stick to your guns. It will make back to school week better for both of you.
Set a Staging Area
Gather backpacks, lunch bags, music instrument, projects that need to be turned in, and anything else your child will need, and make sure everything is ready for the first morning back to school. Having everything ready beforehand will save a lot of stress for the both of you. Gathering everything a couple days early will give you plenty of time to find the lost notebook, or push your child to finish his assignments.
Go Over Schedules
The night before the first day back to school, go over the week’s schedules with your kids to remind them what’s going on in the coming week. Go over practices, lessons, carpool arrangements, and everything else, so there are no surprises. Kids need a reminder to get their brains back into an organizational mode after the free time they have had on break.
Talk About School
A few days before school starts back up, ask them about what friends they can’t wait to see again, and what class or teacher they are looking forward to. If they had a book report or project, ask them questions to be sure they are prepared to turn it in. If your kids bring a lunch, ask them to help you create a menu for the first week back, and if they buy lunch, go over the menu with them to see if there are any days they would rather pack a lunch.
Set a New Year Resolution
Personalize the New Year’s tradition of making resolutions by asking your child to make one about school, such as setting a goal to go up a half grade in tests, or to participate in class a little more. He can also set social goals like meeting one new friend a month or by joining one new extracurricular activity.
Getting back to school after the holiday break doesn’t have to be all about stress. Try to keep bedtimes and waking up consistent and start the week organized. That should help even the busiest families.