Where Did Summer Go? Establishing Back-to-School Routines
06/27/2016 11:00AM ● Published by Hood Magazine
By Sanford Health
It’ll be time to put away the pool toys and pick out those first day of school outfits before you know it. That is why now is the perfect time to begin readjusting to a school schedule.
Going to bed and waking up earlier can be a tough routine to get used to. So don’t wait until the day before school starts to set the alarm. If your children need to be out of bed by 6:30 a.m. to get ready and make it to school on time, start waking them up at 7 a.m. three weeks before the first day. Then, every week just get them up 10 minutes earlier until you reach the desired time. This will greatly help you and your children adjust to a school year schedule.
If you want your children refreshed and ready to go for school, also try to eliminate stimulants before bed. And that means cutting down on screen time. Have them turn off the TV and put away tablets and cell phones well before bedtime. Instead, try reading together or putting on some soft and soothing music.
Make a plan
While working on getting your children awake at the proper time, try establishing their morning routines. Making a morning checklist can help children remember what all goes into getting ready for school. Brushing teeth, washing face, eating breakfast, gathering homework and getting dressed are all good things to add to the list. If you have smaller children, try making a chart using pictures to show what a morning routine should look like. After you have made the routine, try it out and see if it needs adjusting. Then make sure your children follow it.
As your children get older, it’s nice that they can be a little more self-sufficient. But it doesn’t come without practice. Help them get organized. Do they know where their homework is? Is there a designated spot for backpacks so they aren’t scrambling in the morning? Suggest they lay out their clothes the night before to help lessen time-consuming morning decisions. Also keep a calendar of events handy so you all are prepared for the week ahead and are not caught off guard by early releases or concerts.