While there’s still a bit of summer left to savor, that post-Labor Day hustle will shortly be upon us with that special brand of busy that comes with the fall. Back to school routines, schedules, and healthy habits are on the minds of everyone. To start the school year on the right foot, we’ve outlined some tips on how to get your child on a healthy, streamlined school routine.
Ease into the routine. If your child spent the dog days of summer on island time, you’re best bet will be to ease them back into the structure and pace of school life. Morning, nighttime and even eating structure will need to be adjusted. Here are some tips:
Embrace the checklist. Outlining tasks can give the structure and predictability kids need to move through their mornings and evenings more efficiently. Routines and habits have endless benefits for mental health, building independence, and creating a welcoming environment at home. Routines can be basic, and for younger children, creating a chart to start the year might be helpful. For older children, work with them on the routine that best fits their needs. If you’re feeling up for it, these printablehttps://amotherfarfromhome.com/daily-routine-for-kids/ (and customizable!) routine cards might save you a few reminders.
Get ready to go: pack backpack, get shoes and jacket
After School Checklist
Put shoes, backpack, and coat away
Clean up toys
Take a bath
Story and snuggle!
Prioritize the schedule. Music classes, sports, clubs and activities can add up quickly. Factor in playdates, family time, and homework if your child is to that age, and even the most well-intentioned parents can quickly get overwhelmed.
Stay ahead of back-to-school germs. Back to school means back to school illnesses. As cold and flu season ramps up and those school year germs begin to make their rounds, it’s good to have some healthy habits in place to stay on the offense.
Make a plan to get (and stay!) organized. Backpacks come home with never-ending surprises: artwork to be cherished, permission slips to sign, events to volunteer for. You’ll need a system to both organize the sheer volume of paper that comes home and a way to organize your calendar to ensure everyone knows where they need to be and when.
With a bit of planning, you’ll get your child on a back-to-school routine in no time!
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