Summer is full of fun, late nights, and spontaneous activities. However, school means it’s time for structure and schedules. Making that transition before school starts is key to starting the school year off right. Here’s how to get on schedule before school starts!
Start Out with a Bedtime
Bedtime seems to come whenever during the summer, but as the school year gets closer, it’s important to start setting a bedtime. You can gradually move the bedtime earlier and earlier. Start putting the kids to bed an hour earlier.
Get Up Early
Start getting up earlier. Instead of letting the kids sleep in until 10, 11, or even noon, start waking them up earlier each day. You don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn, but gradually waking yourself and the kids up at earlier times will help get you back on schedule.
Set a Time for Dinner
Get into the habit of having dinner ready at the same time each night. This will help you get back on schedule when school starts. Pick a time that will work with your summer schedule as well as your back to school schedule. 6:00 P.M. typically works well at our house; not too late and not too early.
Limit Screen Time
Screens are stimulating which means the more you or your kids are on them, the more stimulated your brain is at bedtime. Limit screen time to only a couple hours a day. This will help your kids get ready to a decrease in screen time at school as well as help them sleep better at night.
Use a Picture Chart
Use a picture chart to start getting on a daily routine. Wake up, do chores, eat dinner, incorporate quiet time, and go to bed. Having a visual schedule before school starts will help kids to stay on schedule when school starts.
What other tips do you have for getting your kids back on schedule before school starts? Share them in the comments below!