Here are our ideas to help you prepare yourself, your children and your house for a great school year.
Reset internal sleep clocks
Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school.
Get your kids into bed 15 minutes earlier than their summer normal, and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well in advance of the first day.
Reduce stress on the entire house by getting organized. Create a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.
Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.
Shop, but don’t over shop
Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.
A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.
Plan meals ahead of time
- Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:
- Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
- Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
- Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals
Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.
Use the last few weeks of summer to take care of your child’s health. Taking care of doctor visits now (including your chiropractor!) will ease the stress of a new school year.
Getting into a well organized back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.
From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!