The days of sleeping in and staying up late are sadly over. Here are tips to help you make this necessary transition a smooth one.
Purchase an alarm clock for the kids. Or make sure the one they have is working. If your school age children do not already have an alarm clock, then before school begins, is a great time to get them one. Start using an alarm clock right away. This way they can get into the habit of setting their alarm at night, turning it off in the morning, and getting out of bed earlier. Go to http://www.alarmclocksonline.com/WackyWakers.htm and check out the cute alarm clocks appropriately named Wacky Wakers! These alarm clocks feature an animal on the face and make the animal sound when they ring. Why can’t waking up be a little more fun?
Start planning your school morning meals now. Aim to serve healthy and filling breakfasts leading in to school. Often during the summer we stick to easy meals or on the go type foods. Make the time to plan meals ahead that will be healthy, filling and easy to make. For ideas check out the Mayo Clinic website for breakfast tips. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/NU00197
Delegate morning chores to ensure everyone gets out the door, ready and on time. Make sure each family member knows their part they take care of each morning. It may be feeding the dog, locking the doors, making lunches or packing their backpack. Whatever they have to do each day, make sure they know how and why these things need to happen each school morning.
Move bedtimes up gradually beginning at least 1 week before school starts. If you have the chance start sooner. It takes awhile for our body clocks to adjust. Starting sooner is much better than the night before the first day of school
Get your children’s room into a well organized state. If things have gotten out of hand over the summer, then now is the time to take care of organization. Sort through their toys, clothes and books. Make stacks for discarding and donating. Put everything else in its place. If you need more storage consider modular storage cubicle. It is like adding a closet to your child’s room. Have your child go through the room and help out with this process. They need to be able to find their belongings while preparing for their day. Target has several organizers or cubby style furniture to get you started. http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/188-7442507-3960659?ASIN=B001CN3XIA&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B001CN3XIA|4Cubby_Wood_Storage_Cube_Natural&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B001CN3XIA&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001
Make a visit to the school if necessary. Your child may be starting a new school. Or they may be attending class in a different wing of their school. Whatever the case may be, if they are concerned about finding their classroom, be sure to put those concerns aside by visiting one week in advance.
Go to the Teacher/Parent meeting. Often schools offer a meeting the week before classes begin. This is a time for parents to hear about what their child will be learning and to meet their teacher. Go to these meetings and take in all the information that you can. This will only help you with the transition from summer to school.
Communicate with the teacher. If your child has more trouble transitioning back to school than most, be sure to let the teacher know. Most experienced teachers expect a transitioning time period. But some kids take longer and have a harder time with the process. If yours is one of those a heads up to the teacher is in order.
Leave for school earlier than necessary. Check your commute time for driving your kids to school. Make sure you know what time to leave the house in order for your kids to be a bit early to class. If construction or traffic has changed since last year, you will be glad you left extra early that first day.
Have back to school purchases ready to go. Have all of the back to school shopping done several days in advance. This will help with preparations in the morning, and help to keep things running.
Have fun this summer and use these tips to prepare for yet another busy school year.