It’s that time of year again! As parents we’re always so excited for summer break then about 2 weeks in we’re dying for school to start again. As a work from home mom, I find it exceptionally challenging to keep my kids entertained all summer long. In the summer our schedule is not only less structured but the kids also stay up way later. Now that August is here I have to start getting my kids back into a routine so that they can seamlessly transition back to school.
Here are four tried and true tips to help make going back to school a little easier for both you and your kiddos:
Practice you sleep/wake schedule
Summer is all about going to bed late and sleeping in. But as we get closer and closer to the first day of school, we have to retrain ourselves to go to bed and wake up earlier. About 2 weeks in advance, start implementing your back to school bed time to help your kids get back on schedule. It’s also a good idea to set your alarm and start waking them up at the time they’ll need to get up for school.
Having this routine in place will make for a much less stressful first day of school.
Shop early and/or online
Retail stores seem to be ready for the holiday’s 2 seasons in advance. It seems like just days after the 4th of July, Halloween decorations start to make an appearance. Back to school time is no exception. If you wait to start shopping until mid August you’ll be faced with crowds and all of the clothing and school supplies will be picked over. This is likely to lead to whiney kiddos not getting what they want.
Luckily my kids’ school provides their basic supplies so that isn’t an issue. This year, I started shopping for their clothing, shoes and backpacks in July. This made it much easier to find their sizes and get what they really wanted. I ordered this backpack for Rylie and this one for Brooklynn. They’ve also been complaining that their Thermos water bottles weren’t keeping their waters cold so I let them each get a water bottle like mine which I know will last for years.
Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Kids
One of the biggest things my girls and I fight about in the mornings is what to wear. So much of this can be eliminated simply by creating a capsule wardrobe for your kids. If you’re not familiar with a capsule wardrobe, it’s essentially picking a very specific color palette for everything in your closet so that everything can be easily mixed and matched. It’s absolutely brilliant – especially for kids – if you ask me!
Having a capsule wardrobe in place helps ensure that anything they pick out will match or coordinate. Also, the less choices there are the less likely they are to become overwhelmed and frustrated trying to decide what to wear. Another super simple solution to alleviate unnecessary stress in the morning. Here are some pieces I’ve picked up for the girls (also linking their outfits from the featured photo):
Create a lunch menu
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m all about working smarter, not harder. Instead of stressing about what to pack your kids for lunch, create a lunch menu. It can be as simple as writing out a few ideas for main courses and supplementing snacks here and there. Or, you can get as detailed as writing out specific lunch combos to be served on specific days of the week.
Not only does this help save you time in planning and prepping their lunches but it also saves you money at the grocery store. Some of my girl’s favorites are: GoGurt with granola, raw veggies and applesauce; a turkey sandwich with goldfish and fruit and chicken nuggets with a granola bar and raw veggies.
I hope these tips help make your back to school transition seamless or at least a tiny bit easier! Thanks for reading!