While children are filled with excitement and first-day jitters, parents are filled with thoughts of “Am I prepared enough?” To help eliminate these thoughts, and help you and your child prepare for the new school year, all you need is a little organisation and forethought.
It can be difficult to get the family back into a seamless routine, especially after 6 weeks off for Summer. Here is our top 3 tips for getting back into your daily routine with ease.
1. Get back into your sleep routine.
To help eradicate those stressful school mornings, set up a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Begin your usual school sleep routine about a week or so before school starts.This will make getting up early a lot more easier and will implement your bodies natural alarm clock in plenty of time. It's important to get the kids excited about bedtime again, so why not treat the little ones to some back to school character pyjamas?
2. Preparation Is Key
To get your child excited about starting a new grade, shop for supplies together. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, etc. This is a great way to give them a little bit of responsibility too!
The best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organised. With school comes a massive amount of paperwork which can consume your household. Designate a spot in your house for homework, permission slips, and any other school-related papers. This can help eliminate all of that paper clutter and make your life less stressful.
6. Make an after-school game plan.
Make a plan for where your child will go after school lets out for the day. Depending upon the age of your child, figure out if they will go to a neighbor’s house, an afterschool program, or be allowed to stay home by themselves. This will help eliminate any confusion during the first few weeks.