Back to school season comes with a mixed bag of emotions for both parents and kids. As back-to-school season approaches, many parents find trouble on getting back into the routine— such as getting the kid’s sleep schedule back on track, planning and packing lunches etc.. When it comes to school season initiating and organizing the routine is very important. It is like hitting the reset button where kids are already used to the relaxed days of summer. Here are the top 6 tips to make the back to school transformation easier on your family.
Preparing for the Big Day:
Wiring back the kid’s brain to school days after that lovely vacation is very tough. The school’s first day ( the first day of the school or the reopening day of the school) changing your kid’s schedules is the first step to be taken care of.
- Sleep Schedule: It should be started at least two weeks before the first day. Noon periods of sleep can be avoided as much.
- Dinner and Bedtime: Establish regular dinner and bedtime routines (brushing and early to bed). Make a routine of storytelling or reading storybooks which help with your kid’s imagination.
- Wake-up Time: Set a regular alarm each day for waking up. Give them ample amount of time to get ready for the school. Giving very minimal time to get ready will make you both stressful.
- Screen Time: Schedule screen time (T.V) for your kids, like what’s allowed and when? It’s better to avoid devices like tablet and mobile devices because using such devices might cause irreversible eye damage due to the blue light emissions from digital devices. Initiating this schedule at a very small age helps your kid to cope and understand.
Organizing the supplies :
Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they’re excited to use. Start the habit by just writing down the plans in sticky notes or any journal. Get the lists of school supplies, books and technology your kids will need. Before finalizing the list look for the last years remaining supply in inventory. Decide the budget for the final list and take your kids for back to school shopping to pick out the items. Help them in organizing the supplies. Give them a specific place to store their supplies. Teach them to use ziplocks and other containers to store the mini items rather than leaving it scattered.
Lunch Hour :
Ask for your kid’s choice of lunch menu. If their schools provide lunch then get the menu and decide prior by discussing with your kids. For the snack box, buy bulk packaged snacks like bags of grapes, dates that can be easily added to snacks. Teach them to put their empty lunch boxes in the kitchen once they are back from school.
Homework Time :
Set up a specific place for homework area. Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines. For younger kids prioritizing is a new skill to learn. Start slowly and help them plan it.
Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk or craft projects that you can make together. This makes them not getting bored soon. Model good behavior by doing your own work/projects while your kids do homework. Create a rewarding system for your kids when achieving any academic goals but make sure you do not give them any monetary benefits. Rewarding kids with books is a better choice. This helps your kids to develop the awesome habit of reading. Use positive phrasing, such as “You can go outside after your homework is done,” rather than “You’re not going outside until this is finished.”
Preparation for the next day:
Help your kids pack their school bag night before and leave them by the door. Have your kids also pack their gym bags if required. Set up a hanging organizer with five boxes of clothes for each day of the week if necessary.
Keep a small emergency package that includes emergency allowance and contact information, just in case. Always have a backup transportation mode planned in case your kids miss the bus.
Have an open conversation with your kids about their feelings on returning to school. This assures them that their thoughts and feelings matter to you. This also encourages your kids to discuss some uncomfortable topics like bullying or abuse in future. Following these tips, not only creates a stress-free environment it also helps your kid being organized.
Good luck to all the parents and kids gearing up for this school year! Have I missed any important tips? Feel free to share the tips that work for you in the comment section.
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