The start of a new school year is always rough. Gone are the lazy days of summer, staying up way past bedtimes, sleeping in and no regular routine. We have some tried and true tips to help with your back to school routine adjustments.
Family dinners, where everyone sits together to eat and discuss our day, are almost non-existent in the summer months. There is just so much going on with travel, vacations, sleepovers and other fun activities, that getting the whole crew together in the evening is crazy. As soon as school starts, however, we make a renewed effort to spend the time together around the dinner table. For easy meals, we turn to Stouffer’s for their delicious frozen lasagna. We grab a party size from Walmart and throw it in the oven when we get home from school and it’s ready after homework is complete. Easy peasy!!
We typically try to begin enforcing earlier bedtimes a few weeks before schools starts. It’s pretty difficult with our busy lives to settle in early, especially since my kids are older and can’t seem to settle in when the sun is still up. Blackout curtains (found at your local Walmart) certainly help create a night time atmosphere. They even work for us parents! Getting a good night’s sleep sets the tone for the entire next day, so we also like to diffuse essential oils to help calm our bodies and minds so we may sleep soundly.
If your kids are anything like mine, they have been eating you out of house and home this summer. Am I right? Eating at specific times during the school day is probably one of the most difficult adjustments for my kids, especially for my new kindergartner. Gone are the days where eating breakfast at 10am and snacking between all three meals became the norm. Making sure everyone eats a healthy protein-packed breakfast and packs a healthy is of paramount importance. If your kiddos tummies aren’t full, their brains will not function properly and learning becomes a challenge.
We all know that preparing for the school day the night before prevents tears, but it will also teach your children to be responsible for their own school items. Right after homework is complete, each of my kiddos fills their water bottle, unpacks their lunch bag, and packs up their backpack for the next day. No missing reports, no lost water bottles, and most importantly no frantically searching for backpacks when you should be on the way out the door at 7:30am.
How do you adjust to each new school year? What are your tips and tricks?
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