Oh, summer…the swimming, sleeping in, and vacations. But all good things must come to an end to make way for new good things! As summer begins to wind down, it’s a good time to start preparing your child for the routines of the school year. Here are some ways you can help set him up for success as your family gears up for fall.
- Establish bedtime and wake up time: By making sure your child is getting enough sleep at least a week before school starts you are helping him adjust his internal clock for the early mornings that come with the school year.
- Pack ahead: Making a week’s worth of school lunches and setting up a week’s worth of school clothes (including gym gear, afterschool activity outfits, etc.) can help you avoid rushing in the mornings. By providing a calm environment at home you will help deliver a calm child to school.
- Make time for yourself: Many parents can feel frazzled trying to get their children out of the door for school in the morning. This can be contagious and cause your children to feel frazzled, too. Do what you can to help yourself have a good morning: Set a timer on the coffee pot, make sure your keys are where you can find them, and that you have at least 5 minutes of peace before getting your children out of bed in the morning.
- Plan a special family activity for the weekend: Your child may miss the extra time he had to spend with you during the summer, and by having something to look forward to, he can rest assured that the school year does not mean the end of family fun. Solicit ideas from your child and discuss them as a family to help include him in the planning process.