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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