Back. to. school. It’s time when we reset, organize, plan and set new routines. It’s a transition from lots of free time to structure and deadlines. Maybe transition is more difficult for you and your family? We can simplify this transition with these tips.
Simple calendars and planners
Families + school time = dates and deadlines. Make it easy for you and your family and a calendar everyone can access. Google calendar is available on all devices to connect families to what’s due when, what needs to be purchased, and when will the parents be available. Encourage your family to all populate the calendar during your family meeting.
Stuff gets lost and families don’t know where stuff goes. Make it easy with a label. Label school binders, devices, lunch boxes and clothes. Label your pantry where lunch fixings are found.
Simple bedtime routines
The age old question of preparation for a shift in bedtimes. Parent ask, “do we start a week out with earlier bedtime or just have the kids crash the first week of school from exhaustion?” Only you know the kiddos in your home best. Take care of yourself with your own earlier bedtime the week before school starts. If you are well rested, everything will be better!
Whittle down the loads this year with fewer clothes for everyone. Laundry and closet organizing work best with less. How many items for each of you? Start with just 7 sets of clothes that coordinate through a capsule wardrobe. It will save money and time!
- Family has been getting up later and later all summer. This transition is one of the biggest! Getting up on time for school starts with everyone having an alarm clock. Be sure these are set correctly the first few weeks of school, then practice getting up just a smidge earlier than you think. Make morning simple by getting lunch and what you are wearing together the night before.
- Place analog clocks in transition spots throughout your home. An analog clock helps you see time elapsing and helps you be on time. Clocks are best in bathrooms, bedrooms, and by the exit and entry doors.
- Use music to keep everyone energized and positive. A morning playlist can be played at a low volume.
All transitions take time. Celebrate the first day of school success! Give yourself the opportunity to create a positive transition by scheduling less on the first weekends school is open. This extra time translates to more rest and more time like summer with less structure. Keep spirits and energy high with family fun bike rides, ice cream sundae parties or family game night. Expect a few tears and set aside time to acknowledge the toughness of the first few weeks of school because of this transition.
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