How to get ready for a new school year
Ease into these routines now to reduce stress when the first day of school rolls around.
As the lazy days of summer wind to a close, you and your kids may not be ready to think about the start of a new school year. But before you know it, that day will be here.
You can reduce stress for everyone in the family by beginning the transition to school-mode now. Don't wait until the night before classes begin to set new bedtimes or make sure everyone has what they need to get on the bus in the morning. Instead start preparing now so back to school is filled with excitement and not stress.
Here are some tips for making the transition to back-to-school mode easier:
- Schedule playdates with classmates. If your children haven't seen much of their school friends this summer, start scheduling some get-togethers and playdates. This will help get kids excited to head back to school and see their friends.
- Modify daily routines. You can't expect everyone to instantly be able to go to bed and wake up early when school begins after an unstructured summer schedule. Start modifying sleep schedules a couple of weeks before the start of school, moving bedtimes and wake-times up by about 10-15 minutes a day.
- Discuss after-school activities. The beginning of the school year is not just about what goes on during the school day. There are also lots of new activities, sports and after-school programs to plan for. Talk to kids about what activities they want to do, figure out what fits in everyone's schedule and then sign up before slots are filled.
- Buy supplies. Most schools send home a list of supplies kids will need in school so get the task done early. This will help get kids excited for a new school year and will make shopping less stressful. If your kids need supplies or equipment for other fall activities, now is a good time to shop for those, too.