Take a deep breath. There’s only a few more weeks left of summer break, and then we’ll once again be back to the daily back to school grind. And while there’s no lack of articles giving advice on how to get ready for back to school geared towards kids; there are fewer articles that focus on how to help parents get back into the school groove. And hey, we think that’s just as important. So take a few minutes, and try out some of these tips and you’ll be calm, cool, and collected by the time the kids go back to school.
1. Start Transitioning Back to a Normal Sleep Schedule
During the summer months, we get into the habit of staying up later. Part of that is due to the fact that the sun stays out longer, and part of that is that kids usually have a later bedtime during the summer. However, it’s important to slowly start inching your bedtime up a little each night until you’re getting a solid eight hours before having to wake up and get the kids ready for school. Otherwise, that first week of school can really throw you for a loop if you haven’t prepared yourself for the earlier wake up times.
2. Get Organized
There’s nothing more chaotic than running around in the morning, nearly late for school, frantically looking for a textbook or a lunch box that’s gone missing. Before school starts, create an area in your home where backpacks and other school accoutrement are left immediately when they get home. Homework can be taken out and put back into the backpacks, but they stay in one place. This will help get kids in a routine so that there’s less of a chance that school work, notes, library books, and everything else will go missing.
3. Re-assess What’s in Your Kitchen
As much as we try to avoid it sometimes, what we eat affects our ability to go through our daily routine. Eating unhealthy can make it more difficult to fall asleep, it can make you sluggish and tired all day, and the same goes for kids. Before school starts, replace sugar-filled cereals and other unhealthy snacks and foods with fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Your body will thank you – we promise!
What are your go-to tips for preparing yourself for the back-to-school rush? Share them with us and our readers in the comments!