The back to school season is upon us. Like most families, the last school year is a distant memory. Your children have descended into summer bliss and have completely regressed into summer mode. However, all good things must come to an end. School is starting soon and that means that it is time to whip your family in school back to school “shape.” This is not going to be an easy task. Your children have spent the last two months running outside, eating ice cream, and not thinking about school. The time has come to prepare your family for the inevitable – seven hours a day in a classroom. Here are a few ways to make this year’s transition a little easier.
The lazy days of summer are over. That means it’s time to get back into a schedule. Children need structure if they are going to adjust to spending hours seated at a desk. Start a few weeks before the first day of school and being to enforce bed times. This will help when the first day of school arrives and your children have to get up early in the morning. This will also help you adjust to getting up even earlier to make sure your children are ready for school. In addition to enforcing bed times, start practicing waking up in the mornings. For the average person, it takes about two weeks to fully adjust to a new sleep schedule. Children require more sleep and depending on their ages, it could take more time.
Not only is getting your family in a routine important, but it’s also a good idea to create a family calendar. This will help your entire family stay on the same page (or calendar app). Now that your children are back in the school spirit, staying organized is key. A family calendar will help with this task. Some people prefer a large paper calendar that hangs on the wall in a central place, like the kitchen. Another option is a shared calendar on your smartphone or tablet. This is great way to stay in constant communication with your entire family. The whole schedule will be instantly accessible to everyone and no one will ever forget about an important event.
Keeping up with the numerous events that happen once school starts is important for the entire family. School isn’t just for your children. Teachers want to know that parents are involved in their children’s education. Make sure you attend school open house and meet the teachers. Try to stay in touch with them for weekly progress reports. Join the school PTA and keep up with goings on at the school. Understand what challenges your children face when it comes to their education. This is another reason why keeping in contact with teachers is a good idea. This year will be like no other and the adjustment for your children will be a breeze.
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