School Transition Tips

It’s back to school time!  Whether you are jumping for joy or crying on a friend’s shoulder, it is a time of transition.  One of the most difficult parts of back to school is re-establishing the routine. Summer is a time of fun, sun and freedom.  But back to school means homework, after-school activities, healthy meals and reasonable bedtimes. A routine can help keep your life simple and organized, and we all know how crazy the school year can get.  It also can provide your children a structure to learn important skills like how to set priorities, meet deadlines, become more independent, and develop habits of self-care.  

Each new school year is different and presents different challenges, so it is important that your routine works for you and your children.

Here are a few tips to help you create a routine and ease the transition for you and your little one.

  • Use a calendar:  Whether it is a dry erase board or digital, a calendar is a great way to keep everything is one centralized place.

  • Create a morning routine schedule:  Your family’s back to school morning routine can set the tone for the rest of the day. Mornings have the potential to be the most productive time of day.

  • Build a routine around your kids needs:  Of course, it’s not guaranteed every morning will run smoothly and perfectly, which is why it’s important to know your kids.

    • Do they have a hard time waking up so more time should be dedicated to this part of the morning?

    • Does breakfast require certain limitations or preparations?

    • Do you have a little girl who likes you to spend time styling her hair before school?

  • Create zones in your home:  Choose an area in your home that is known as the homework area.  

  • Take time to meal plan

  • Establish a bedtime and stick with it:  Nothing makes for a productive day like a good night’s sleep.

Adjusting to the new school year can be challenging for both kids and parents, but with the right back to school routine, it can be a much smoother transition for everyone. Back to school is an exciting time for your kids, so be sure to enjoy the moments and memories that come with each new school year!