It may seem like summer just started, but if you check out your local superstore, it’s been back-to-school season for weeks. Here at Carillon Southlake, the first day of school is just around the corner. Hoping to minimize chaotic mornings and Monday meltdowns this school year? Try these tips to ease everyone back into the swing of things.
Rise and shine.
Whether your first-grader is insisting on a new 10PM bedtime or your teen has been sleeping until noon, it’s time to break those summer sleep schedules. The key is to gradually adjust to an earlier bedtime (or wake-up time) to give kiddos a chance to catch up with themselves, so start implementing small changes now as you work towards your school schedule. A well-rested kid will be much better equipped to face the challenges of the day. Hey, learning fractions on no sleep is a tall order for anyone!
Create a launchpad.
Got multiple kids at multiple schools with oh-so-many permission slips, school photo forms, bookbags and more? Designate a place where each child knows to find his or her necessary items for the day. Bins in the entryway? Papers tacked to a corkboard? Whatever your system is, create a catch-all space that the kids know to check first to avoid the inevitable call of “Mo-ooom” from the other end of the house.
Post a schedule.
A large, visible calendar will do wonders to keep your family in sync. If you’re keeping track of dance and karate, tutoring and music and everything in between, a visual aid like a calendar will avoid slip-ups all around, helping you get a handle on your carpool shift or packing for the next day’s extra curricular activities. This way, everyone knows who’s where and when.
First day jitters are a reality every kid (and parent) faces, so savor these last few weeks of summer while counting down to the big day. Maybe it’s a few fun but educational activities or trips to the museum, or maybe it’s exploring the wildlife in your backyard. Remind your kids what’s so great about learning so they look forward to the upcoming year.
The first day of school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a little preparation, you can have everyone feeling ready and excited to embrace the academic year.