25 Awesome Parent Tips for Getting the Kids Back into School ModeThe end of August means transitioning from no bedtime back to some semblance of a routine. Here’s how to gradually get your kids ready for school without hearing any complaints!
Back to the grind
Beat the back to school blues
The end of August means transitioning from no bedtime back to some semblance of a routine.
Pick up school supplies all throughout the summer when you see them on sale.
Gradually change the sleeping schedule
Ease your kids into a new routine. It helps if they are ready for the first night before the first day of school in advance.
Stock the fridge for the week
Think about using to-go containers to organize and save time when planning meals.
Make more time for breakfast
As they say, it’s the most important meal of the day and your kid won’t have to fight those mid-morning hunger pains.
Turn off electronics at a set hour
Tablets and smart phones are keeping your kid awake late at night!
Keep them organized
Tell them that their school stuff has a designated place.
Be excited for them
The more excited you act, the more likely they will be too.
Have an emergency backpack stash
It might be an extra pair of undies or a package of wet wipes. Just put a little baggy in their backpack for emergencies.
After school activities are a life-saver
Keeping your kids busy is the first step to getting their bodies and minds in school mode. They need to stay active!
Make the morning routine a race
Try and see if they can beat a set time for morning routines!
Stay in touch with the teacher
Don’t let your kid feel anxious about a new teacher! Stay in touch!
Lay out clothes the night before
Even in the summer months, the routine will be easy for your kid to remember when school starts again. If not, you'll have a nightmare to deal with.
Keep their brains busy
Summer setbacks often occur when kids aren’t stimulated when school is out.
Turn chores into fun
Play games and really give your kids positive feedback for helping out around the house. They’ll be more likely to do it on their own!
Ask them how things are going
Open communication always keeps things good in the family.
Don’t coddle them
Being a helicopter parent is the first step to making your kid hate school.
Reward and punish when it's called for
Praise your child when they've done something without having been asked, but also be stern when it comes to setting rules. No one wants a disobedient child on the first day of school.
Pack foods they can eat hours later
Make their lunches fun! And don’t pack foods that will spoil or get soggy!
Stow a water bottle in your child’s backpack to remind them to drink water all day.
Set the clock earlier
It will fool you and your child! You’ll be ahead of schedule!
Know their friends
Again, keep communication open so everyone is on the same page.
Tell them about your day
It’s often all about the children. Find a way for them to engage with you about your work or hobbies.
Plan future events
Give the kids things to look forward to even after summer is over.
If your kid is moping around about having to go back to school, be encouraging and tell them all they have to look forward to.
Be patient during homework time
If you don’t remember basic math, don’t give up trying to help your kid. They don’t want to be at the homework table any more than you do. They need to learn a good work ethic though!