We know for some of you, back to school is a welcome return to routine and order, but the beginning of the year can feel like a nonstop whirlwind of activity. If you have multiple children attending different schools, getting everyone out the door for school on time, can feel like a marathon. We’ve got some easy tips and tricks to help ease the transition from summer break to back to school.
Sleep – Establish a reasonable bedtime. None of us are getting enough sleep and its especially important for children to have a good night’s rest in order to learn. National Sleep Foundation states that teenagers need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
Get Everything Ready the Night Before – Do as much as you can the night before to help the morning go smoothly. Pick out clothes for the next day so you’re not looking for that special shirt and realize its in the laundry basket minutes before school. Plan breakfast ahead of time too. Even little things like placing cereal bowls on the counter for use the next day can save time. Luckily, our first day back to school doesn’t require packing a lunch but in the coming weeks, pack lunches the night before.
Plan to Wake Up Before the Kids – This is hard for non-morning people. However, if you can get up a few minutes early, just enough time to grab your coffee; it will help move the process along faster.
Make a Morning Checklist – For younger kids, this is a healthy reminder of all the tasks that need to be completed before you leave for school. You can use pictures instead of words for those who aren’t quite reading.
Most of all -find what works best for your family.
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