Sure, it’s late May, and most parents and kids are thrilled for school to be done! over! kaput! for another fun-filled summer. But August will come sooner than you think, and you’ll be racing around buying school supplies, clothes, and trying to get everyone into that school year routine once more. Here are my 5 top tips to make back to school easier – on everyone!
Make Back To School Easier by…
Bedtime – Keep it Similar
Yes, the summer routine is more relaxed than the school year. That doesn’t mean we have to go hog wild. Make back to school easier by keeping your kids’ bedtimes within an hour of their school-year bedtime. This gives them more freedom. But it also almost completely eliminates the nightmare created when kids go from no bedtime to a rigid bedtime in just a week. This also gives you and your spouse more Couple Time, which is healthy for you AND your kids!
When your kids clean out their lockers, take a few minutes with them and take stock of what can be used next year. Can her backpack be used for another year? Gather up all the supplies she didn’t use and store those for August. You might be surprised by what you don’t have to buy again, come August!
This one is particularly for those of us who live in a warm climate. Here in Georgia, we start school in August – one of the hottest months of the year. I know the sales are tempting – I’ve fallen for it, too. By the time it was cool enough outside for her to wear them, guess what? She’d already outgrown them. OY. That’s no bargain.
First, know which ones are required. Then, do yourself a favor. Get them now. Or in June. Or early July! But don’t wait until a few weeks before the school year – you’ll have to fight for an appointment because everyone will have done the same thing – waited until the last minute. You’ll be stressed, your kiddos will be stressed, and nothing can get you sicker quicker than a crammed and busy pediatrician’s office.
For most kids, having a designated Study Station is crucial for them to be able to concentrate on homework and studying for tests. If they don’t already have one, this is a great summer project. IKEA and Target both offer easy to assemble student desks. Set up the desk in a quiet, reasonably out-of-the-way area. Make sure there is good lighting and enough room for them to spread out and study in comfort. Doing this over the summer break ensures that your kids are prepped for success from Day One of the new school year.
A bonus tip on making back to school easier? Really take an objective look at your family’s schedule and routine. If you feel you’re running around with your hair on fire, it’s likely your kiddos feel the same way. That doesn’t exactly set them up for success, right? There is NO judgement here. But I do think we tend to forget that a crazy and disorganized home life affects them just as much as it affects us. Summer is a great time to clear out the crazy, the unnecessary, and the clutter. To quote a client, “We need to make room for US, instead of our stuff.’ Well said.
What else can you think of to make back to school easier – on us and on our kiddos?