Does a change in routine get your family a little frazzled? Here’s one mom’s tips to be prepared for stressful back to school schedule changes.
Many parents look forward to school starting back up again each year. Even though you may be looking forward to a little more structure, things always get crazy when it is time for school to start again. It can be just as stressful for you, if not more, for your children. The great news is, if you get your ducks in a row early, you can quickly learn how switching schedules and keeping your sanity can go hand in hand!
Take a deep breath and prepare for the back-to-school insanity!
Your children most likely do not want to let go of their summer freedom and you are probably not looking forward to earlier hours, groans, complaints, and the never-ending school supply lists. It does not have to be a complete disaster, though! Here are some ways to prepare:
Make Sure Your Calendar is Updated
Things tend to get really relaxed during the summer, so make sure your calendar is updated with all of the scheduled days off from school, any after school activities your kids may already be committed to, doctor appointments, and so on. It may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of parents tend to forget to do this until the school year starts!
You have heard of Spring cleaning, right? Towards the end of summer, try “Summer’s End” cleaning by tidying up and organizing all your kids’ new clothes, supplies, and any work spaces that they may use for homework. As a tip for organizing, use cubbies or drawer sets to designate outfits for the week, so there is no fumbling around, especially that first week of school. This has saved our family a lot of time in the morning.
Designate Down Time Before School Starts
Kids love running amok during the summer, so along with setting their alarm ahead of time, designate down time before school starts. A few days before, schedule some extra reading and activity time. The Department of Education recommends that parents take the pledge to read with their children for 20 minutes every day.
Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.
This downtime will help their young bodies get used to controlling their energy levels and should reduce their fidgeting and bounciness the first few days of school. Their teachers will probably thank you!
Have you taken a few breaths now? A little preparedness goes a long way in making sure this is the best school year yet. With the technology we have at our disposal, these tips can work even if you’re not the most organized person in the world. Keep calm, be prepared and know that when kids are heading back to school, switching schedules and keeping your sanity is a possibility!
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Melissa King is a Savannah resident and professional savings blogger. Melissa is the wife of an emergency room travel nurse and the mother of a school-age son who faced tight times several years ago and learned couponing and savvy shopping to make ends meet. Now, saving money and sharing that knowledge is her passion.