August means back to school, and for many, school has already begun. Oftentimes the transition from summer to a new school year can be difficult for the whole family. We came up with a few of our favorite back to school tips to share to hopefully make the transition easier and to help make this school year one of the best yet!
Tip #1: Sleep Schedule
Late summer nights can make early school mornings difficult and unpleasant. We’ve found the best way to combat grumpy school-goers is to ease into the transition by starting the new schedule early. It’s going to be much easier if you start a few weeks before school even starts (if you have the time). Start by going to bed early and waking up earlier, as opposed to just getting up at 6am right off the bat. Set timers and alarms, be strict, and even try to implement the schedule on the weekends.
Tip #2: Utilize your weekends
While the weekends are a good time to relax and catch up on some R&R, they are also a great time to prepare for the coming week and get ahead so you don’t fall behind. Plan and prep school lunches and dinners, so that busy mornings are easier and packed school nights run more smoothly. The weekend is also a perfect time to get a jump on the kid’s homework and plan for busy nights, where schoolwork could potentially be put off. Anticipating a hectic schedule will make life a lot easier in the long run.
Tip #3: Organize the Closet
For those who wear uniforms, consider yourselves lucky to be able to skip this step in the morning. Planning the whole week of outfits on Sunday night eliminates your kids standing in front of the closet for 20 minutes screaming “I have nothing to wear.” Another tip is to pack any clothing or equipment that will be needed for after school activities in the morning, to eliminate stress or forgetting anything.
Tip #4: Make a Central Landing Pad
Once you’ve gotten everything together, i.e. lunches, backpack, homework/important papers, after school bags, put them all in one designated place. The worst thing is getting a call from the school that something important that your child needs was left behind. If your family gets in the habit of putting everything in the same place everyday, nothing will get left behind, hopefully!
Tip #5: Communicate
The key to any successful relationship or task is communication. Talk to your kids about their days and how they are feeling about the school year. Talk to the teachers to make sure your child is performing at their best and to make sure no problems are arising. Being involved and up-to-date on your kids’ lives and activities is going to make everything run more smoothly.
We hope that everyone has a fantastic and safe school year. We can’t wait to see all the fun activities and accomplishments the Sienna Hills Community will have over the next year!