Getting your children back to their regular school-going routine can be challenging. Holidays are often filled with a lot of excitement, a lot of traveling, and a lot of adventure-packed activities. For instance, most parents would prefer spending their Sundays at fun places till late this August holidays, knowing that they don’t have to worry about kids going to school the following day.
Before they know it, their children get used to waking up at 8 a.m. or even 9 a.m. Now that the August holidays are over, you may wonder how best to get your school-going youngins back into the groove. I have curated a few tips to help you. So, let’s get straight to it.
- Re-introduce Bedtime Routine
Children thrive on routines. All is not lost if you fail to maintain your sleep routine a few days before school opening. Start today. Come up with a soothing bedtime ritual that will ease them into early bedtime.
Adjust their bedroom lighting, play soft music, and lower voices around them at least an hour before bed. Please encourage them to take a warm birth with lavender oil before bed. Brushing their teeth and wearing warm pajamas are excellent cues for a good night’s sleep.
- Talk to them
There is no better way to prepare children for school than talking to them about it. However, keep school conversations short and concrete. Mention what they love the most about school. For instance, you can tell them, “On Wednesday, they will go to school to meet their favorite teacher and reunite with friends.
- Don’t forget to preserve holiday memories.
Children treasure memories. We all do. But assuring them that their holiday memories will be kept somewhere they can revisit later is an excellent idea to help them transition to another routine.
Create a video or slide show of the memorable part of their holidays, like visiting the countryside and going to movies.
- Save time for little snuggles.
A back-to-school week is also a working week. But since children have gotten used to being at home, save some minutes to snuggle before releasing them for school.
- Don’t linger around once you drop them off.
Understandably, you are a little worried about how your loved ones will fare at school after a break, but give them a chance to adjust independently. Be assured that your child won’t feel abandoned. Lingering around may extend the pain of separation.
I hope this helps. The list might not be exhaustive, but feel free to add sore in the comments section. As a mom, I know I am not in this alone. I wish you a happy transition!