The days of early mornings, packing school lunches and juggling schedules and activities are here once again! School is right around the corner again, here are 6 tips to help you and your kids prepare for the new school season.
Tip #1: Adjusting Bed Times
Based on the age and activity level of your child, set an appropriate bedtime. Gradually set earlier bed times and wake kids up early as well. It generally takes one full hour to transition from awake to fully asleep. Create a wind down period one hour from the time of their bedtime. Example, if your child should be asleep by 8pm, start the bedtime routine and less stimulation activities at 7pm.
Coloring, reading books, doing a puzzle and bathing are all low sensory activities that help the body begin to wind down from the day's busy routine. Click here for 7 Activities To Help Before Bedtime
Tip #2: Getting Organized the Night Before!
Rushing around in the morning trying to pack backpacks, make lunches, eat a filling breakfast and head out the door on time can create anxiety for everyone! After dinner and before your kids fall into nightly routines,
- check homework,
- prepare backpacks,
- pack lunches and
- fill water bottles so they’re ready to go the next morning.
- Help your kids pick out outfits and set them out on the dresser for the morning.
- Shower and do any other steps that will ease the morning rush.
To help with the morning rush, consider batch cooking breakfast foods which are easy to pull out and heat up instead of cooking on the spot from scratch. Spend 30 minutes on Sunday making a ton of pancakes and french toast to freeze and heat up during the week. Egg sandwiches and smoothies are great to prepare ahead of time – or bag the ingredients so all you do is throw in with a little milk in the blender and you’re ready to go.
Print this free Kids Daily Routine flyer to help get your kids back in a school routine!
Tip #3: Tour the School!
Heading back to school, or maybe into school for the first time is a mixed bag of emotions. Start Easing School Worries before the first day of school. Tour the school ahead of time, especially if you have a Kindergartener who is starting or are entered a new school. Meet with teachers, talk about worries and ease school anxiety with these tips.
Tip #4: Create a Drop Off & Pick-Up Zone
Designate one area in your home – preferably closest to the door you use the most to come in and go out of your home, where everyone’s school gear backpacks, homework folders, shoes, etc can live.
This way, no loose papers and stray items are left in five different places around the house, making it easier to forget the next morning when you’re herding kids to get out the door on time.
A drop off and pick-up zone also works great for jackets, shoes and accessories likes hats, gloves and scarves in the winter months. (Which we won't use as much here in the winter time ;p) But for those rainy days!
Click here for some School Organization Tips & Hacks
Tip #5: Create a Plan For School Lunches
Most parents need a plan for school lunches or you end up running out of ideas and never have the groceries you need. Also if you are unprepared, you are likely to hand the kids lunch money and roll the dice if they’ll get a bag of chips and ice cream for lunch, or something remotely healthy.
Check out the 25 School Lunches Ideas for some creative lunch ideas to make sending lunch with your kids easy & hassle-free.
Tip #6: Shop early for Back to School Supplies!
Back-to-school time has become its own shopping season, second only to Christmas in terms of family expenditures. Many stores have back to school sales, shop around, print coupons, check out thrift stores for school supplies. You can get some incredible bargains on school supplies at the dollar store, where you’ll find basic supplies like notebooks and pencils, as well as classroom supplies like Kleenex and sanitizer, all at bargain prices. Start shopping in the summer months, because you never know what items stores will order or how long those items will stay in stock.
Don’t forget to look to your grocery store or neighborhood drugstore for bargains on school supplies.
Many parents don’t want to think about shopping for the coming school year, especially in the midst of high summer. However, back-to-school shopping can creep up on you and your family quickly, so it pays to be prepared. The best way to save money is to start planning ahead of time so you can take advantage of every deal and coupon that comes your way.
Heading back to school doesn’t have to be chaotic and stressful, with a little bit of planning and getting back into a routine that works for everyone, easing into the school year will be painless.