How to Get your Child Back into School Routine

This article equips you with things you should do to help your child transition smoothly from holiday mode to school mode.

Back-to-school is around the corner and in a matter of time, your kids will begin to experience changes in their routines. Sometimes, going back to school after a long summer break may be a drag for your child, especially when they will be facing a new academic year full of new activities. However, there is no excuse for your child to resume school with saggy eyes and lazy feet.

This article equips you with things you should do to help your child transition smoothly from holiday mode to school mode.

Restore uptime and bedtime to Default  

For obvious reasons, your child’s uptime and bedtime must have changed significantly during the holidays and needs to be reset to default. At this point, it is tempting to allow your child to oversleep or sleep late – start getting them to bed early and waking them up early as if it was a school day. You can set an alarm clock and make sure they have at least 9 to 10 hours of sleep before wake up time. By doing this, you prepare their body and mind for the school days ahead.

Set up a new routine

You should restructure your child’s holiday routines to gradually fit into school routines. For instance, if your child takes a bath by 6.30 am every morning to prepare for school, you should start adopting that routine within the last two weeks of the holiday so that by the time school resumes, it would have become the regular. Also create a timetable for homework, TV time, sleep time and play time as well as reminders to ensure that each period is strictly adhered to.

Back to School Shopping

Bear in mind that for a couple of weeks now, your kids have been wearing flip-flops and casual clothes after taking their bath, therefore you need to remind them that all of that will soon change by taking them shopping – for school outfits and accessories. Kids are quite photographic and will remember that the last time they went shopping was to buy cardigans, bags and shoes for school. It will also make them opt for their school wears every morning instead of the regular home outfits.

Introduce healthy breakfast

Breakfast is an integral part of your child’s development and the most important meal of their day. If your child is not a big fan of breakfast, you may not entirely know if you leave the task to their teacher. Incorporate healthy options during breakfast meal and make sure your child eats at home before 9 am. Hopefully, when they get back to school, they will definitely crave breakfast and include it in their new routines.

Be consistent with your routines

Once you finalize on a routine, try to stick to it to enforce a structure because once you change the pattern you confuse your child and defeat the aim. The sleeping hour and wake-up time should be constant, same with every other routine that will be needed eventually during school days.

Prepare your kids mentally

Every child is special and deserves to be treated so. Irrespective of your child’s age, constantly remind them that the holidays will soon be over and school is around the corner. Seat them down and have meaning discussions about their fears, expectations, and plans for the new school year. You will be shocked to find out that your child desires a change of school with valid reasons why you should make that happen.

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