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!