Transitioning from the lazy days of summer back to the crazy days of a new school year can be an adjustment for many families. As parents of school-aged children, we have heard them whine at bed time and then whine again when it’s time to get up! Don’t forget the necessary nagging morning and night, "Have you brushed your teeth, have you brushed your teeth, have you brushed your TEETH?!" So, with the dawn of a new school year fast approaching, now is the time to create a dawn-to-dusk routine to save you time and sanity.
Remind your child of the tasks they must complete each morning and evening. Make the chart with your kids. They’ll have fun decorating the chart and you’ll have a chance to discuss your expectations. Plus, if you make it fun, your child will be more engaged in the transition. Include pictures of the tasks for younger children.
Suggestions for the Morning Chart:
- Make your bed
- Get completely dressed down to your socks
- Brush your teeth and hair
- Eat breakfast
- Pack your lunch
- Put on your shoes, coat and backpack
Suggestions for the Evening Chart:
- Clean up your toys
- Put on your PJs
- Set out your clothes for the next day
- Brush your teeth
- Pick out a book to read
- Collect your hugs and kisses
- Lights out
Set time limits for how long the morning and evening routine should take. If sticking to a time limit is an issue for your kids, a kitchen timer can help keep them on track. Bedtime and rise and shine time need to be enforced, especially during the school year. It’s hard to keep a sleepy child moving in the morning and even harder to keep a sleepy child learning during school.
This is key to your morning routine when time is limited. The more tasks you can complete the night before and the fewer decisions your child has to make in the morning, the better.
- Have breakfast choices decided for the week.
- Lay out school clothes the night before. Prepare lunch the night before.
- Have backpacks packed, shoes set and outdoor clothing ready. It’s a good idea to have a bin for each child set at the front door. The items they need to take with them in the morning go in this bin. If you love crafts like we do, this could be another fun and easy project to do together.
A routine is helpful in creating a peaceful home environment. More importantly, the repetition of a routine is essential to making your child feel secure. As our children head off each morning to learn the skills to become doctors, teachers or the next Krazy Couponers, they can take comfort in knowing there is a secure, peaceful place to return at the end of the day. So, as much as we love Kraziness….we hope these simple tips help alleviate the craziness that can come with getting back into the swing of a new school year!