Ready for the School Year?

Wow!  The summer zoomed by!  Now, it’s time to get back into the routine of the school year.

Looking for a smooth transition?  Try developing a regular routine.  Experiment with order of events.  Do what works best for you and your family.  Your afternoon/evening routine might look something like this:

  • Empty and clean lunchboxes.
  • Snack.  Small, nutritious.  (Might be leftovers from lunch.)  Help your children have energy to bridge the time until dinner.
  • Homework.  Promote autonomy.  This is your child’s work – not yours.
  • Physical activity.  Even for a short time.  Getting outdoors is wonderful!
  • Dinner.  Engage your children with age-appropriate tasks, including cleanup.
  • Pack lunches for the next day.  Your children can do this!
  • Bath time and brush teeth.
  • Story time/book time.  Read to your children.  Tell them stories about yourself.  Allow older children time to read on their own.
  • Lights out.  Develop a regular bedtime – even on weekends.  Trust me.  It will help your children thrive.  Sleep is important!
  • Note:  Keep electronics out of bedrooms.  “What?!?” you say?  More to come on this…


Maintain consistency and be flexible enough to allow fluidity as needed.  Develop a “beginning, middle and end” to segments of the routine.

Example:  “First, we’ll have a snack.  Then, it’ll be time do your homework.  After that, you can go outside to play.”  (A 5-minute alert that an activity time is about to end is helpful.)

Having a routine provides your children with a sense of security.  A structured environment allows them to understand they can count on you to help them know what to expect and what is expected of them.

I hope something here helps.  Good luck with this school year!  You have this!

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