Fall is upon us, which means it’s time to head back to school. After a summer of relaxation and no commitments, it can be difficult to get back into a school routine, especially if you have extracurricular activities and other items creeping into your fall schedule. However, going back to school doesn’t have to be stressful if you can get into a good routine and are prepared using these helpful tips.
School sneaks up on us, and parents often find themselves fighting crowds of last-minute shoppers for school supplies. Rather than wait until the week before school starts to do your shopping, purchase your children’s clothes, classroom supplies, and other items in advance so your children are ready for the first day and you won’t have to worry about frantically fitting time into your schedule. To make the process even more efficient, get a list of supplies from the school and inventory what you already have so you don’t over buy.
Get in a Routine
After a summer spent staying up late and sleeping in, it can be difficult to wake up early to an alarm. Start preparing your family a week or two in advance by setting everyone’s sleep schedules to school hours. Establish a regular, age-appropriate bedtime and enforce it early on to ensure they’re prepared for the first day. To help them get into a relaxed state for bedtime, remove tech devices from bedrooms or limit their screen time in the evening so they can unwind and prepare for sleep.
Anything you can do ahead of time to prepare for the school day will be beneficial for your family in the morning, especially if you happen to run behind. Have your children set their clothes out for the next day the night before so they don’t waste time trying to find something to wear in the morning. If your children bring their lunch to school, prepare meals in advance so all you have to do in the morning is grab it and go. If they buy their lunch, pre-pay with the school so you aren’t searching couch cushions for lunch money in the morning.
Once you get back into a school routine, things will likely start to get busy quickly. To avoid any scheduling issues, create a family calendar to track everyone’s activities and extra-curricular commitments. This will help prevent over scheduling and allow you to see everything in one place. Knowing everyone’s schedule will also help you plan after-school care and transportation if you work.
If you get into a routine early and take steps to be prepared, you and your children can ease back into a healthy school routine.