Five Tips To Get A Back-To-School Routine Going


Move over – the new school year has arrived! With the start of school, families face challenges. Morning alarm clocks ring, and so do school bells. Paper piles swell, and homework streams into the house. Calendars fill with cryptic notes, and each day brings a hectic round of sports, activities and events. Can you say overwhelming? Get organised now for the best school year ever! Use these handy ideas to prepare your child for the busy days ahead.

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Gradually Re-Introduce A Bedtime

Adjusting your child’s sleep schedule drastically from the first day school starts isn’t the way to go! Instead, ease him or her back into a weeknight sleep routine gradually. Begin calling bedtime earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to head off to dreamland for a solid ten to twelve hour sleep.

Plan Before You Shop For Lunchboxes

An informed shopper is a savvy shopper … so prepare before you shop! Assess your child’s lunchbox needs, then compile a short and simple list of healthy eats he or she enjoys for lunch (such as fruits, nuts, rice cakes, yoghurt etc.). Find time each weekend to shop for these foods, to ensure your child enjoys a wholesome lunch at school each day.

Don’t Neglect Mealtimes At Home

Younger children in particular need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner at home to accustom your child to the rituals of a healthy eating plan. Eating well at each meal won’t only benefit his or her health, but will also keep both energy and productivity levels peaking.

Plan The School Year On A Calendar

Each school year floats on a sea of schedules … school functions, lunch menus, music lessons and sports. What do you do when you’re drowning in paperwork? Jot everything down on a calendar, of course! Using a calendar to plan school year activities will help ease your stress levels, as well as help you manage family time. Post the calendar in a public place such as near the telephone or on the fridge.

Prep For Manic Mornings The Evening Before

How are school mornings in your home – calm and cheerful, or crazed and chaotic? For most, it’s the latter! Plan ahead to send your child (and yourself!) out the door in a happy frame of mind. Each evening, think ahead to the following morning – set the breakfast table, make sure breakfast foods are within reach, lay out your child’s school uniform, and make sure school bags are packed.

Happy new school year!

By Candice May

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