Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Getting kids back into a routine after Winter Break! #backtoschool

The holiday season is just about over and soon it will be time to get the kiddos back into their normal daily routines. Needless to say, this can be less than thrilling for most kids so here are a few tips to get them motivated and started back to school on the right foot!

Communication about going back to school
Hopefully you talk to your kids about school and other topics on a regular basis, but now is the time to make sure you know how they feel about going back to school after a long break. If they are like my oldest son, they will be more than ready and can't wait to get back to their classroom and friends, but on the other hand, maybe there is something that is preventing them from looking forward to school. Whatever the case is, talk and listen. Most importantly, communication with your child on a regular basis is key!

Make a plan
Now that you've discussed the inevitable, now it's time to get your plan in place so that things run super smooth with few glitches!
  • Plan meals! As we know, breakfast is a very important start to anyone's day, especially children. Make plans to wake up in time for breakfast and plans for a breakfast menu. With proper planning, mornings will be smooth sailing and not at all chaotic. Next talk about school lunches. Whether they pack a lunch from home or eat the school provided lunch, be sure that they are receiving an adequate amount of nutrition and food to get them through the day. 
  • Bed time. Do your kids have a set bedtime? Mine certainly do but I must admit that during school breaks I slack a bit in that area. Now is the time to get back to an early bedtime so that your little ones are well rested and ready to go in the morning. If getting them into bed early is a struggle, try reading a story to calm them down. Works for me!
  • Plan for homework. Homework can be stressful for some. My son dreads the thought of having daily homework and has so much trouble concentrating after school. This not only makes for a rough afternoon for him, but for the entire family as well. Talk to your children about the after-school they need to have a snack first before settling down for homework or do they prefer to get it done right away. Whatever works best for your and your child is ideal!
As a Mom of two young boys, I'm not looking forward to the end of the winter break but I know with good planning and communicating with my sons, we can ensure that we are all up and ready to go on the first day back to school! 

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