Being a parent of school-aged children comes with the responsibility of motivating those children to go back to school. There is always an overwhelming feeling of how everything is going to get done before school starts. After all your list can’t be that long? You have to buy school supplies, make sure children get to sleep early, buy school uniforms, make lunches and get out the door. Can it get any easier?
It can! We must create a routine that is going to work. When routines work it relieves some of the stress of going back to school. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Help get your child back into the routine of going to bed early by starting now and be consistent. Set a bedtime routine that works for your family and stick with it. According to the American of Pediatrics children 3 to 5 years need 10 to 13 hours of sleep and children 6 to 12 years need 9 to 12 hours of sleep for optimal health.
2. Make it a routine to have your child pick out their clothes the night before. For younger children this creates a since of belonging and responsibility. Children love being a part of something bigger than themselves.
3. If your child takes a packed lunch to school let them help prepare their lunch the night before. Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes for younger children.
4. Create a time to go through your child’s backpack for important papers to sign and homework. Backpack checks become predictable and homework expectations routine. Once you are done, have them put their backpacks near the front door for easy access in the morning.
The takeaway: create a routine that works for your family and is easy to make consistent. Make going back to school this year stress-free and FUN!