It’s August now and the new school year is just around the corner. It is time to think about getting your family back into the regular routine of early mornings and earlier bed times. Children need structure, especially during the school year but it can be hard to transition from the lazy hot days of summer back into a routine that works during the school year. So here is the back to school parents survival guide to help ease that transition.
Back to Bedtime
It isn’t easy to go from late nights to an earlier bedtime, it doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a child. The first couple of days of school after your sleep schedule has been out of whack makes for cranky and tired kids. It is far easier on everyone to transition to an earlier bedtime. Pick a regular bedtime and start your child off going to bed a little earlier each night until they are going to bed at the right time. This also means that they are going to be awake much earlier in the morning. You may want to sleep in yourself but you need to encourage this behavior instead. Start taking early morning outings or let them help you make breakfast, it doesn’t matter what as long as you move them to a more reasonable bedtime.
Get Them Excited About School
A new school year doesn’t have to mean the end of all things that are fun. Remind them that they will be meeting old friends again and possibly making some new ones. Encourage them to try new things this school year like joining different clubs or extracurricular activities. As kids get older they have a little more choices in the classes they take and the clubs they can join. Highlight the things they like and the friends they will get to see. Here is some help getting them excited about back to school.
One of the best things about going back to school is all the new stuff you get to buy. From new clothes to school supplies, allow your kids to help in the choices. Let them pick binders in the colors they like or turn plain ones into works of art with stickers and paint.
Saying Goodbye to Summer
Nobody likes to see summer end so take the time and say goodbye. Have one last family trip or barbecue to mark the end of the summer. Take the family to check out the fireworks that happen on Labor Day weekend. Talk about all the cool things you will get to do in the fall. Summer will be here again before you know it.