School is right around the corner and coming up any day now. Along with school comes after school activities, earlier bed times, more homework, and, of course, getting up before noon. After three long months of late summer nights and no day-to-day routine, all of this might seem impossible to adjust to again. But, don’t worry. We have a few tips to get you and your family ready for this school year.
1. Draft Up a Possible Routine
Try to think about what your routine is going to look like not only for the first day of school but the rest of the school year. It might not be the routine your family ends up having, but drafting out a hypothetical routine will help you get an idea of what your days will look like. Once you get an idea, you can start planning and prepare for the changes that need to take place.
2. Make Sure the Routine Is Noticed
Don’t try to enforce the routine right away. Instead, try putting the routine somewhere everyone in your household is going to see it. On the fridge, by the coffee pot, on bathroom mirrors, wherever you know people will see it – maybe even make multiple copies! Having it in a place where it’s impossible to ignore will be a small but constant reminder of what your days will look like way too soon. While it might not seem like much, it’ll be a small thing to get your family mentally prepared for the changes.
3. Start Enforcing Bed Times as Soon as Possible
The bedtime that you set for your child is between you and them. However, if your kid has been going to bed at midnight every night of summer vacation, they’re going to have a hard time going to bed any earlier than that. To fix their sleep schedule and prepare them for the new routine, slowly have your child go to bed earlier and earlier until they’re going to bed at the goal bedtime. Another thing that will help you with the adjustment is to have the house shut down at the same time your youngest child is going to bed. Make sure the main parts of the house are turned off, and everyone is in their rooms. That way, your child doesn’t feel like their missing out on anything, and the rest of your family is “winding down” for an earlier bedtime as well.
4. Double and Triple Check School Lists
Preparing for school is a lot more than making sure everyone’s waking up and going to bed at a decent hour. It also has to do with the supplies and preparation. Most school supply lists are readily available from the school and in stores. But, you want to make sure that you have all of the supplies that go beyond what the school wants. Try to make lists of everything that you and your kids will ever need for school – including supplies that aren’t on the list, but might make learning easier for your child.
5. Get To Know Your Kids’ School
Even if your child has gone to the same school for the last five years, making a pit stop at the school might be a good thing. You’ll have the chance to make connections with your child’s new staff, new classroom, and new teachers, which can make all the difference later in the year. Your student will also see the place where they’ll be spending the majority of their time for the next few months, which might make students feel a little bit less nervous. It’ll also make the idea of starting school in just a week more tangible.
6. Make Sure Any Questions You Have Are Answered
Even with the school visit, your family might still be left with unanswered questions. Make sure to get these questions answered before school starts, whatever they might be. Try to make a list of questions for the next time that you can talk to someone from your child’s school (or doctors, or anywhere else important). Not only will you feel prepared, but you will have made good connections with your child’s school and teachers.
7. Try to Make It Exciting
It’s no use sugar coating it; school is back in session, and your kid probably isn’t too excited about it. There are a lot of good things about going back to school, though. As the first day of school draws closer, it’s important for your family to focus on these good things. How you approach the start of the school sets the tone for how the rest of the year is going to go. So, start it off right.