We’re still only in August and yet it seems as if the kids have been on holiday for ages… and you’ve already exhausted every possible activity you can think of.
Well, there’s actually not that long until your little ones go back to school (honestly) and if like most parents you’ve let their usual routine slide, then it’s time to start thinking about easing them back into a routine similar to term time.
Obviously don’t send them off to bed ridiculously early when they don’t have to be up in the morning – if you’re anything like me you’ll relish the promise of a lie-in which is why they’ve been allowed to stay up late in the first place!
But as the weeks pass and school is suddenly just around the corner, you can gradually change their schedule so it’s more like normal.
Our top back to school tips will help you get back into the swing of things:
Two weeks before school starts:
- Check that homework or projects have been started and encourage your kids to get it done sooner rather than later.
- Organise your child’s workspace so it’s tidy and a comfortable place to work.
- Go shopping for any essentials they need and make the process fun by letting them choose a new pencil case or some glittery pens.
The week before school starts:
- Start sending each child to bed 15 minutes earlier each night. They won’t really notice the difference, but it’ll get them used to a bedtime routine again.
- You should also try to wake your kids up earlier in the mornings, so it’s not a shock (for you and your children) when school starts.
- Check that any homework or projects has been done so your child can enjoy the last few days of freedom.
The day before school starts:
- Try to get your child excited about going back to school. They’ll start new subjects, meet new people and see old friends. If they’ve got a new lunchbox or schoolbag, this is also something positive about school.
- Lay out school uniform, pack school bags and even prepare breakfast as much as you can. The less you have to do in the morning, the better!
- Don’t get cross if they can’t sleep. They might be nervous or excited, so let them read a book in bed for 15 minutes or so and then switch off the light. At least if they’re in bed resting it’s better than nothing.
On the first day back at school:
- Accept that things might not go as smoothly as you want, but if you’re as organised as possible, you should be able to get your children to school on time and prepared.
- Have a special snack or tea waiting for them after school and get them to tell you all about it – the good and the bad. No doubt they’ll be talking nineteen to the dozen and hopefully be happy at being back!