Back-to-school season is right around the corner and we all know that it’s not just the kids who need to get back in the groove. It can be hard on parents as well. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, getting up at 6AM to get your kids ready and out the door isn’t exactly fun. We all love to sleep in. However, it’s something we have to deal with – at least until the kids are old enough to move out. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at how to get in the back-to-school groove.
A couple weeks before the start of school, start putting your kids to bed a bit earlier each night and waking them up a bit earlier each morning. This will slowly get you and your kids back into the habit of going to bed and getting up earlier. When you do this, it’s less of a shock when the first day of school rolls around.
You can find a number of workbooks for your kids to do at home. These are a great way to get your kids back into the habit of doing homework or assignments. If your kids are younger, there are so many fun options. It doesn’t have to be something boring. You can also do hands on experiments, such as science kits.
Eat Healthier Meals
Chances are you and your family have let healthy eating slide a bit during the summer (okay, okay a lot). That doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track. Slowly start working healthier meals and snacks into your meal plan. You can find literally billions of kid-friendly healthy meals online.
Sit down with your kids and plan out how their days will go. If your kids are home-schooled, you need create a schedule and make copies for your kids so they know what to expect. If your kids go to a school, you need to explain what’s to be expected of them when they get home. For example, they may be allowed to have a snack and watch some TV for an hour after school, but then do their homework before going out to play. If you’re a stay-at-home mom with kids that go to school, you can plan your days as well so that everything is done before the kids get home.
It’s so easy for things to slide during the summer. Whether it’s bedtimes or meal plans, there are ways to get back on track.