The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and moms are mentally (and emotionally) preparing their kiddos for the new school year. While this time of the year can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Luckily, August is the perfect time to gear back up for school and help the transition go as smooth as possible. Here’s a few things you can do.
Adjust your child’s sleep schedule.
You know what they say, “all good things must come to an end” and that includes days of staying up late and snoozing ’till noon. Back to school also means back to bedtimes. Children need about eight to nine hours of sleep depending on their age and when most schools start around 8am, an early bedtime is a must.
Prepare your child for the new routine.
All kids, and adults, have a hard time getting back into the school year routine. While setting an appropriate bedtime is a great start, preparing your child for the new daily schedule is also essential. To help reduce stress for you and your child, establish wake-up, get ready, and leave times with your kiddo. This way he or she knows what to expect when school time rolls around.
Have a healthy snack ready after school.
There’s a good reason your child rummages through the kitchen cupboards as soon as they get home from school. At school, kids usually eat before noon, so by the time the last bell rings they are starving. Having a healthy snack ready will provide nutrients and encourage healthy eating habits for your growing adolescent. Plus, now that they aren’t scouring the cupboards, there’s less of a chance they’ll find your hidden cookie jar. Ah ah ah… hands off!
Designate a homework space.
Homework is back on the table now that school is starting. School assignments can be a struggle for kids and frustrating for parents, so it’s important to find a comfortable spot in your home, clear of any distractions, where your child can get work done. Also, making yourself available to help can lead your child to success. Choose a dedicated time for homework that works for both of you.