I can’t believe summer vacation is almost over. My son has to go back to school in less than two weeks. Since I am a teacher, this means that I have to go back to work in one week (big sigh). No more staying up late, staying out with friends and family on the weeknights, going on spontaneous day trips, getting up in the morning at whatever time you like, or staying in your pajamas all day. I really do love the relaxation and freedom of summer vacation.
But as we all know, all seasons must come to an end. By the way, I love fall too, but that’s an entirely different topic.
Anyway, getting back into a school routine can be rough. However, I have a few simple tips that can help you and your kids ease back into a school schedule.
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Begin Before School Starts
You can’t expect your kids to smoothly transition into a school routine if you spring it on them the week school starts. Kids need time to adjust to new schedules just like we do so give them at least a week to adapt.
I always try to start our back to school routines a week before my son goes back to school. Depending on your kids, you may need longer than a week so do whatever is best for your family.
In order to save your sanity, I recommend transitioning your kids into a school routine at least a week before school starts.
Establish Routine Bedtimes and Wake-up Times
Some people keep the same bedtimes and wake-up times for their kids all year long. However, I must confess that I do not. During summer vacation, my son and I stay up late, and I let my son sleep in every morning. Plus, we seem to be busier during summer vacation with family and friend get-togethers and traveling so staying on a school routine doesn’t work for us during summer vacation.
However, I still need to reestablish routine bedtimes and wake-up times with my son before school starts.
At least a week before school starts, I begin having my son go to bed at his normal bedtime during school days. I also wake him up around the time that I would wake him up during school. The first day or two may be tough, but by the end of the week, your kids should be back on schedule.
The first week of school will go much smoother if your kids are adjusted to their bedtimes and wake up times before school starts.
Don’t forget About Mealtimes
Something else to consider when transitioning your kids back to school are mealtimes. During summer vacation, my son will often eat breakfast at 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning and lunch later in the afternoon. However, these times will not work when school starts.
So we also need to adjust our kids’ tummies to a school routine. If you have established school routine bedtimes and wake-up times, then you can begin feeding your kids breakfast and lunch at the times that they would normally have them during school.
When it comes to mealtimes, kids need to be on a school routine schedule before school starts. This will make sure our kids are nourished before school and less cranky throughout the day.
Practice Other Morning/Evening Routines
Your family might have other morning/evening routines that might need to be reestablished before school starts. So I recommend practicing those routines as well.
During summer vacation, I am more relaxed when it comes to morning/evening routines. But during the school year, my son must lay out his clothes the night before and make his bed every morning before we leave for school.
Again, these are routines that we begin practicing at least a week before school starts.
With a little preparation and planning, transitioning our kids back to school doesn’t have to be such a rough experience. These tips can help our kids start the school year off right and help us keep our sanity.
What tips have worked for you? Please share with us in the comments below.