PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

For many of us, the school bell is about to ring and our children will be heading back to school.  Pretty soon those lazy, carefree days of summer will be over. No more staying up late or sleeping in.  Help get your kid’s school year off to a great start by establishing a school routine.

To get them back into the swing of things, you will need to implement your plan as early as possible.  The longer you wait to get your children into the habit of going to bed at a set time, the harder time they will have getting up for school the next morning.  

You as a parent will also want to make sure that you are prepared as well.  Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for supplies and other school essentials.

Before you get overwhelmed, consider these tips for easing back into the school routine.

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A good day starts with a good night’s sleep  

 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

It’s not unusual for parents to allow their children to stay up later during the summer than during the school year.  My son stays up past midnight on occasion during the summer and then of course, sleeps late the next morning.

If possible, have your child start going to bed earlier two weeks before school starts.  Explain to your children the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep will help them have the energy they need to stay awake during school. It will also help them focus on the tasks before them.  

 Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Wake up at the same time every morning    

Most experts agree children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night to be at their best. Make sure that your child wakes up in time to wash, dress and have breakfast without feeling rushed.

Stock up on school supplies

Most schools will give you a specific list of supplies that will be needed, but you can make sure you have the basics on hand: pencils, paper, erasers, and for younger kids, you will need to add crayons, markers, and glue.

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Prepare your wardrobe the night before

 By preparing your wardrobe the night before, your child won’t feel rushed or waste precious time in the morning by trying to decide on what to wear. If you’ve read my post on morning routines, you’d know I am an advocate for preparing for the next day the night before.

Arrange carpools or other transportation 

Know how your child is getting to and from school and any after-school activities.

Register for after-school activities

In order to ensure that your child gets to participate in the activities of his/her choice, remember to sign up before the deadline.

 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Stay on top of paperwork 

Go through any papers sent home with your child on a daily basis.  Read each piece, then decide if you should trash it, or put it in a “to do” or “to file” pile.  Mark significant dates on your family calendar.

Create a Command Center or Calendar Central 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School
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Create a centralized place or command center for all family calendars and schedules in order to avoid overscheduling. I personally use the Happy Planner as my family’s calendar.  

Choose a calendar format that works for your family. Include a family event calendar to track all after-school activities and any special school programs.  Be sure to include school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, and sports practice schedules. Post your family calendar in a place that is easily accessible to all family members.

 

We as parents want the best for our kids.  By getting your kids re-adjusted to a routine before school starts, they are more alert.  When kids are more alert, they are able to function at their best, which is our ultimate goal. Here’s to an awesome school year!

 

Do you prepare beforehand for back to school?  How do you and your kids get back into the school routine?

 

WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW A MORNING ROUTINE

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Does your morning start off hectic each day? Does it seem as if you never get as much accomplished as you’d like to each day?  Do you often forget to complete specific tasks? Maybe there are days when you feel completely overwhelmed.  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could certainly benefit from a morning routine.

So many people feel that starting and sticking to a daily morning routine is a complicated process, but honestly that’s not the case. You actually get more accomplished, and without feeling rushed or feeling like you have forgotten something.  Better yet, your day will flow so much smoother.  

Once you develop a plan and put it into practice each day, it will soon become a habit.  The key is that you have to practice it daily.  Another important point is that you want to create a routine that works for YOU, not one that is tailored to another individual.  By creating a daily routine for yourself, and sticking to it, your level of productivity will definitely increase.

Here’s a sample of my morning routine that you can tailor to fit your specific needs.

WAKE UP EARLY

Start getting up about 30 minutes earlier than normal. I like to get up before my son, so that I have some time to myself before having to go into mommy mode. Upon waking, take a few moments to stretch your body.   A good morning stretch helps to get the blood pumping throughout your body, which in turn helps you to fully awaken so that you start to feel rejuvenated and alert.  I like to open my blinds first thing in the morning so that the natural light flows in.  I then drink a bottle of water and take my vitamins.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

PRAYER/DEVOTION

Starting your day with prayer enables you to focus your attention on God and His purpose and plan for the day ahead. If you have a devotional, you can read the devotion for that particular day.   I personally like to have a cup of coffee or tea as I read my bible and devotional.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

JOURNAL

After I finish my daily devotion, I spend about 10 minutes journaling.  Some days I follow a journaling prompt, but there are times when I feel a need to just let whatever it is that’s on my mind flow onto the pages.  I find that writing in my journal is very therapeutic for me.

GO OVER YOUR TO DO LIST

Take a quick glance at your tasks and the important “to-do” items on your calendar so that you are familiar with the tasks that you need to get accomplished for that day.    Make any necessary adjustments to your schedule if needed.   

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

EXERCISE

We all know that exercise is important to good health (see my post on Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle).  We should aim for at least 20-30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day.  I know some people prefer to work out in the evenings which is perfectly fine.  If you’re like me and don’t have a gym membership, go for a quick walk through your neighborhood.  You can also watch an exercise DVD or even YouTube videos from the comfort of your home.  I personally love this walking video by Leslie Sansone on YouTube.

 

PREPARE BREAKFAST

Make breakfast for yourself and your family members.  Be sure to clean up as you go.  Afterwards load the dishwasher, wipe down stove top, counters and sink. If you take just a few moments each day to clean as you go, you can avoid the unnecessary clutter.  You will be amazed at how it feels to walk into a clean house (as opposed to a mess) after a busy day.  You can also prepare breakfast items the night before, and have all of your non perishable items laid out so that you are not rushing in the mornings.  It is also a good idea to prepare lunches the night before.  If your kids are old enough, you can have them help you with this task.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

START YOUR DAY

It is actually a good idea to  prepare for the next day each evening.  Place all of your items that you will need for the day in a central location (purse, keys, briefcase, jacket, etc).  It’s also a great idea to lay out your wardrobe the night before.  I personally do this right down to my underwear.  I cannot tell you the number of times in years past that I have wasted precious time by standing in my closet trying to figure out what I was going to wear to work that morning.  Even though I am a SAHM now, I still lay out my wardrobe the night before. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s typically only leggings and a tee, but hey, I still lay them out at night.

Now that your morning routine is complete,  it’s time to grab those keys, and head out the door to work.  Or if you are like me, you can head to your home office if you work from home, or get busy tackling the day’s errands.  

Why You Should Follow A Daily Routine

IN CONCLUSION

When you establish a daily morning routine for you and your family, you create an environment of consistency. By establishing consistency, each person is fully aware of his/her role or responsibility.  Morning routines help enable us to lead happier, stress-free lives.  But remember that the key to a successful morning routine is sticking to it.

Do you have a morning routine in place? What are some of the things that you and your family members do to get your day off to a great start? Leave me a comment.

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