Alright parents, it is that time of year again! We have gathered a few helpful tips to make the summer transition a little bit easier going into the new school year.
Tip #1- Have your child start going to bed early and waking up early at least a week or two before school starts. We all know how hard it can be in the beginning of the year to get the kiddos up and out of the bed. A little word of advice is to discuss the morning routine with your child, which will then help them be a bit more prepared for the early morning rush.
Tip #2- Make a designated place for lunches, school papers, and backpacks. Being organized and keeping your child on a schedule is the key to keeping a harmonious home and it will make the morning and afternoon less chaotic. We all know that children thrive on routine and structure, plus, this is also for your sanity!
Tip #3- Prepare for the next day by making it a family affair, have your child lay out their clothes and pack their backpacks for the following day. If you pack your child's lunch, have their lunch bag out on the counter and ready to go with nonperishable snacks, so that in the morning you can just grab the perishable items from the fridge and get on with the rest of your day!
Tip #4- Family calendar! If you are like most families nowadays, you are jam packed with after school activities, dentist appointments, work obligations, church events, and so much more that you can lose track of time. We recommend buying an inexpensive, large calendar where each family member picks their favorite color marker and writes their schedule for the week. It further teaches your children time management, accountability, and organizational skills! * The calendar should also include when there will be tests, quizzes, projects, and homework.
Tip #5- Parents, do not forget about yourself and your well-being! For many of us, it is easy to focus all of your energy on helping other people and on your busy schedules. Although, these efforts merit our attention, it is important to remember to take care of yourself! We have all heard our flight attendant tell us to put the mask over our own mouths first, right? Well, it makes sense, of course we need to be at our best in order to implement the best care and support for the people that we love. Take time for you!