Yes, it is August already and if you want things nice and easy in September, it is a good time to start easing the kids into a back-to-school routine.
Can I see you do the happy dance?!
Wondering how to get started with helping the kids and yourself adjust to school season?
Here’s an easy guide to help everyone get started on the right foot:
1. Start with a Morning Routine
First things first, get back to a morning routine with the kids. The holidays may have transformed your morning routine into more of a mid-day routine and now is the time to go back to basics. Set the alarm for earlier and try rousing the kids earlier than usual as well. Get them into the habit of brushing their teeth, showering and having their breakfasts on time. This will ensure that when school starts you wouldn’t have to struggle with morning madness or getting the kids (or yourself) out of bed.
2. Create a School Station
Yes, do this well before school starts and you’ll be much happier and more organized when it does. Set up a school station for homework and school supplies. To help kids get into the habit of sitting down each evening in a designated spot to do homework, I’d recommend printing out some practice sheets for writing or lines for reading and having them do this each evening well before school starts.
Also, organize and stock up on school supplies, including boxes or files to save schoolwork and art projects in.
3. Re-Establish School Routines
Go over basic school routines with the kids. Even for toddlers, a reinforcement of routines helps makes things easier. Whether it is taking a nap in the afternoon or restricting television viewing during the day or no late nights, make sure you re-establish school routines ahead of when school actually starts. Trust me, you’ll face lesser resistance that way.
4. Plan School Lunches Together
This is a fun family activity and can help you ensure that the kids eat healthier and more wholesome lunches through school season. Grab your homemaking binder or just a few sheets of paper, a calendar, get the kids together, and jot down their favorite lunch ideas. Don’t make promises you wouldn’t be able to keep but try and accommodate their suggestions, preferences and of course, needs while planning lunches.
I usually try to get a month’s worth of school lunches planned in advance to make life simpler for me and healthier for my daughter.
5. Sort and Organize Clothing, Shoes, Accessories
Finally, spend a day with each child sorting through closets and ensuring that their school clothes are in order. Whether they wear uniforms or not, make sure that their ‘school’ clothes and shoes are in the right size, they have plenty of underwear and that they’re kept neatly in a separate section.
Yes, going back-to-school can be fun and effortless for everyone, if you get a headstart on the prep and planning. So, what would you be doing first to make back-to-school season an enjoyable one for you and your kids?
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