Thursday, August 15, 2013

Getting Back on Schedule

As a parent, when summer starts I always say I am going to stick to a regular routine. Early bedtime and early mornings. Then about a week in I find my kids are up until 11pm and waking up at 11am. Late nights and late mornings are just the norm for our household in the summer. Lazy days of no agendas are great!

So when the calendar shows the first day of school is right around the corner I start to dread getting the whole family back on schedule. This is no easy task. It usually involves lots of me putting the kids to bed and then spending the next 3 hours saying "Settle down! Go to sleep!" 

That was until I found this great tip! Instead of going from a 11pm bedtime to a 8pm bedtime in one day, take a week or so and do it gradually. The first night put your kids to bed 15 minutes earlier and wake them up 15 minutes earlier. Keep doing this until you are back at a 8pm (or whatever your bedtime is) bedtime.

Here are a few other tips to help get back on schedule...
  • Family calendars are your friend! A big dry erase board with even just a regular calendar posted in a central place is a great way to keep everyone in the loop on where everyone is suppose to be everyday. Chances are along with school other sports and after-school activities are starting. It will be tough to keep it all straight. A visual of your family schedule is a great way to help days run smoother. 
  • Meal Planning. Plan out your daily meals, snacks and grocery lists. I usually do this for 10 days at a time. It may seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes a few minutes. Our menu goes onto the fridge and this way anyone can start dinner and there is no time wasted trying to figure out what you want to make and if you have the ingredients to make it. It also eliminates the so annoying "what's for dinner?" question
  • Organize a workspace for your student. I know in my house most surfaces become storage for toys. Make sure that whatever space your child will be working at is clean and supplies are organized. A shiny and clean place to work can help motivate a student to hit the books! 
We hope that getting back to school time routine is smooth sailing for you!
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  1. I homeschool and we start at 9:00 am. :-)

    I think the tip about adjusting the schedule gradually is a good one.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    1. We are starting a homeschool program this year and we are still trying to decide the best times to work!

  2. I think I have a harder time getting up than my daughter. She gets up everyday at 6:30am! So we all get up at 6:30 and out the door no later than 7:15. But to get ready for school I've started implementing a new morning routine. I print it out and hung out on the wall. It has really helped my daughter with getting ready and not be so grouchy lol I think seeing the pictures helps out a lot.

    1. 6:30am! That is early for me! A usual morning during a school day is more like 7:30!

  3. My youngest daughter has to be at middle school at 8:25 am but my college students have to be at school at 8 am and my youngest will be at home this year with me and I will attempt to homeschool (preK)

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


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