As summer comes to an end many of us will be changing sleep and day schedules due to children going back to school. Most children would rather sleep in and stay up late; however with school starting back up they will have to readjust their schedules and go to bed earlier, and will have to wake up ready to go earlier. Home schedules drastically change as well, especially for working parents. This article will take a look at some tips to help transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule.
1. Start With Going to Bed Early
Transitioning from a summer schedule to a back to school schedule means that your child and whole house need to go to bed earlier. Everyone in the house should try to get to sleep earlier, if it seems hard to fall asleep early try exercising during the day to make you more tired around an acceptable sleeping time.
2. Practice Waking Up Early
Waking up early should not start the day of school, try waking up actually earlier than you have to one week before school starts. Practicing waking up early will make the transition easier come the start of school.
Besides all the extra activities your child may be in you yourself also have a life and activities to keep up with; good scheduling techniques will make the transition much easier.
4. Your Calendar is Your Best Friend
Similar to scheduling you should keep an up to date calendar in your house or on your cell phone, make sure that everyone in the household has access to the scheduling calendar. Many cell phones have wireless transfer calendars which are great if the whole family has phones.
5. Plan Meals
Summer may be a time of being carefree and eating only when you feel like it; however during the school year you will probably have scheduled dinner and breakfast times. Keep to these times unless scheduling conflicts occur to reduce stress.
6. Get Up With the Kids
Whether your children are 4 or 14 they will appreciate you being awake with them when they are up. Waking up early is stressful to some people; I am a horrible morning person and found that during school it helped to have a parent awake at the same time.
7. Clean the House But More Importantly Clean the Childs Room
Having a clean room will make getting up at 6AM a lot more pleasant experience than waking up at that time and tripping over clutter. Plus who doesn’t like a clean room?
8. Wind Down Early
When the brain is working, or your body is moving it makes going to bed very hard. Give yourself and your kids some wind down time before bed, this will make an early bed time much easier to cope with.
9.Check Bus Times
Nothing is worse than having your child miss the bus and having to take time off out of work to drive them and wait behind busy lines of traffic. Make sure you know the bus times and pick up spots before hand; it is also a good idea to be at the stop early in order to make the bus.
10. Micro Manage and Plan
I like to plan my day out from when I wake up until I go to bed; this is a great way to make sure that the day goes smoothly. Your children have busy schedules and so don’t you, therefore planning the day cuts out a lot of stuff for you and your kids; also keep in mind the schedule is subject to change so have a backup plan just to be safe.