Hey there Mamas! It’s that time of the year again when school is just around the corner, whether we’re ready or not. But don’t fret! We’ve got your back with some fantastic tips to help your kids transition smoothly into the new academic year. And guess what? It doesn’t involve purchasing supplies. So let’s get to it:
Step 1. Tackle the Wardrobe Woes:
First things first, let’s declutter those closets and get rid of the clothes that no longer fit or are too stained to wear. It’s time to create space for new outfits and ensure that your kids are dressed comfortably and confidently for school. Trust us; this small step will make mornings a breeze!
2. Revamp Their Room:
A tidy and organized room can work wonders for a child’s focus and productivity. So, roll up your sleeves (clears throat…. and have your kids roll up theirs!) and get ready to clean under the bed and dresser – you’ll be surprised by the treasures you find there! Label those drawers and help your kids find a designated spot for each item. You know the phrase, “Everything needs a home and everything in its home”, well implement it. Believe us, an organized room can lead to an organized mind! Here are some of our favorite organizers for kids.
3. Set Expectations for the Year Ahead:
Take some time to sit down with your kids and discuss what they expect from the upcoming school year and vice versa. Find out their interests, whether it’s joining a sports team or exploring other extracurricular activities. Who is waking up who, what time the bus is coming, who is preparing lunch, etc? Knowing their goals and desires will help you support them throughout the year effectively, and they know what you expect from them allowing them to meet your expectations as well.
4. Dust Off Those Skills:
If your kids haven’t been engaged in enrichment activities over the summer, no worries! Now is the perfect time to brush up on their skills. You can explore fun educational games, puzzles, or even creative projects to keep their minds sharp and curious. My favorite is to help them learn some life skills. Here is a life skills book for young children and a life skills book for tweens from Amazon. Don’t forget to talk to your kids about asserting themselves to help them remain safe when there in school. Click here to read our article on assertiveness.
5. Sleep Schedule Reset:
One of the most crucial aspects of getting ready for school is to adjust sleep schedules. Encourage your kids to go to bed a bit earlier and wake up as if they were heading to school. Literally, set the alarm clock and have them practice waking them selves up. This will help them ease into the routine smoothly once classes begin. You don’t need weeks of this new schedule but at least 3 -5 days in advance would be ideal.
Remember, preparation is the key to success! By taking these simple yet effective steps, you’ll be setting your kids up for a fantastic school year ahead and reducing your stress simultaneously. So don’t wait any longer – start getting ready now!!!
Let’s make this academic year the best one yet! Happy learning and growing mamas!