Your children have either gone back to school or will start very soon. After a summer of late mornings, not so strict bedtimes and carefree afternoons, it may be hard getting back into the swing of school. A few easy tips:
- Adjust bedtimes – While your child is getting used to getting up earlier, be sure to have him go to bed earlier even if it’s only 10 minutes. Increase that time every night even on weekends so that within a week you are back to school night bedtimes.
- De-clutter study spaces – It’s hard to focus if your child’s desk or study area is full of clutter and remnants of the summer. Be sure to clear off her study area. This will serve as a visual prop that something different is happening and it will help her focus on her studies and not her crafts from summer camp.
- Celebrate – Cook your child’s favorite dinner the night before school or the night of his first day of school. Let him know that education is a gift to celebrate!
Don’t forget the little brother or sister who is left behind. Play school by reading a book together, counting, drawing letters, etc. to help him or her understand what big brother or sister is doing all day. End your playtime with a cuddle and say how glad you are that he or she is still home for middle-of-the-day cuddles!
What back to school tips do you have?