After months of late nights and late mornings without a structured routine, it can be jarring for your family to suddenly return to school five days a week. During the first few weeks of classes, it is common to feel tired during the day, distracted, and just downright bored. How can your family overcome this and start off on the right track for the school year? We’ve got a few helpful tips for beating the back to school slump.
Establish a Routine Early– & Stick to It
If classes haven’t started yet, it’s a good idea to slowly start getting your sleep schedule back on track (perhaps with a brand new Englander mattress) while the summer is still in session. If you’ve been staying up until 12:00 and getting up at 8:00, start one week and move everything back an hour so you’re in bed by 11:00 and up at 7:00. After a few days to a week, move it back again until the times line up with your schedule. This will give your body time to get used to the early mornings again, so it’s not so difficult to get moving for school. Once you start this new schedule, you should stick to it each night. It’s hard to start a new routine only to have it broken just as progress is happening.
Keep Up Good Nutrition
Getting the right foods and drinking plenty of water goes a long way in keeping your energy levels up throughout the day. Avoid packing sugary snacks for your kids, because these can lead to a crash in the middle of the day. Eat a good breakfast, and make sure you’re hydrated throughout the day. If you can manage it, a home-cooked meal a few nights a week is a great way to make sure your family is getting the nutrition they need. If you struggle with finding the time to cook, try preparing a few meals on the weekend and just popping them in the oven to warm up for dinner.
Plan for Down Time
It can be really hard to go from doing nothing all day, every day or having great adventure each afternoon to trying to do everything at once. Ease into your new routine. Don’t sign your family up for lots of after-school activities right away– give everyone some time to get back into the swing of school, then see if you have the time and energy to devote to other things. You should also make sure that your kids have some time at the end of the day when they can just relax. They shouldn’t worry about homework, practice, or other responsibilities during this time– they should be able to just sit down and unwind from the pressure of the day. This is important for you as the parent as well! It’s a great idea to use this time to talk about how everyone’s day has gone, how everyone is feeling about the new routine, and whether there are any concerns or things that need to be brought up.
Don’t let the school year slump get you down. Try these helpful tips to make your home ready for the new back to school routine. Make sure