Your kids just got out of school and it is already time for Back To School. It’s hard to get started, so I have created this series Quick Start Back to School to get everyone going! The next post is about Back To School routines.
For many families the thought of Back to School routines strikes a negative chord. For some families, they welcome back the thought of getting back into the structure of the school year.
Adding just a few times for routines makes a difference for all families.
Starting a week before school starts, inch back bedtime to just 3o minutes before school time bedtime. Creating a consistent bedtime helps everyone get a better night’s sleep. Start extra early to allow for conversation. It may not be dark yet, so adding a soothing sound can help too.
Once school starts, have a routine that includes bath, reading and bed. Eliminate all blue light devices at least an hour before bedtime.
Parents need a bedtime too during the school year. Be realistic about the amount of sleep you need. Sleep procrastination for parents can be a real problem!
Homework should have a start and finish time. Once your kids hit the door, have a snack and start by 4pm. The early start means homework ends before dinner. Use a timer to get your kids started and work in 15 or 20 minute intervals, with 5 minute breaks (known as the Pomodoro Technique) for best focus.
Homework ends when everything is tucked back in the backpack and by the landing strip. This spot can be at the entry where you head to the car. Your purse, laptop and any other items should be ready to go in the morning too.
Other family routines
Family meeting time is an important communication and team building time. It’s when everyone posts to the family calendar, talks about upcoming events and shares time together. Be sure to decide when you will meet and you will truly be amazed at the benefits.
Grocery shopping makes it easier to prepare family meals, healthy snacks and lunches for school. Set a weekly time to shop and decide on how you will create your list. A magnetic list is great and so is the app GroceryIQ.
If your family is struggling, create a check list on a dry erase board to help them keep on top of their responsibilities and routines.
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