Can you believe it… School time is among us now. It is time for school and everyone has a nervous excitement. Kids are getting new clothes and school supplies. There is one thing we should start thinking about during this time… We should start thinking about routines that are set for a school year. If we start a few weeks out before school starts your kids ( and mine ) will be better prepared for learning!
1. Ease your kids into an early bedtime and wake up!
I start about two weeks out with easing into waking up early and going to bed early. I woke my kids up at 7 a.m. this morning and they went to bed at 8:30 last night. My kids during the summer sleep until they wake up ( which is getting later and later) and usually stay up until at least 9 p.m. I will tell you this.. they DID NOT WANT TO GET UP TODAY but they did. They got dressed and started their routine as if they were going to school. They are a little rusty right now but the practice now will help them to be better prepared in the future.
2. Set Lunch Times.
When the kids are at home during the summer they eat whenever they are hungry. There is no rhyme or reason for when they get up or eat. They do not have any rules for meals, etc. When they go to school they have to wait until a certain time to eat. I have set their lunch for Noon. My middle son ate really late ( almost 1 p.m.) and so I hope this will help him to not be so hungry if he gets the late lunch again. Ease into the lunch time and help your kids to feel better when school comes and their tummy won’t be rumbling.
3. Clothes routine
They call it the lazy days of summer for a reason. We usually love to lounge around and sit in our jammies all day. This is not okay during school time. We have started our new routine of every day Monday through Friday We have to have our clothes in our clothes planner and be dressed before we come down stairs for breakfast. They do not like it much but that is too bad. When school starts they will not be frazzled on the first day and will be better prepared ( are you noticing a trend here?)
My husband is a Marine and being prepared is something that he has ingrained in each of us. It has proven how it helps with our routines and helps us to live stress free as possible. It does help and it is something we practice every day. I know the last few days of summer should be savored and they are but doing small changes to these savoring days help us to be less stressed when the first school bell rings!
Please share your favorite ways to ease into back to school!
Until next time,