Do Wake Training
A few weeks before school starts, set your alarm to wake up 10-15 minutes earlier than your usual summer waking time. Reach your ideal “school wake-up time” by increasing the increments every few days. It’s a gentle way of training your body – and your kids – to wake up at the correct time.
Kids love to feel needed and there’s no better way to fulfill this need (and save yourself a bit of time while you’re at it!) than delegating school-related tasks. If your child is going to full-day school, be sure to assign him some lunch prep responsibilities. Even the littlest preschooler can spread jam or put a slice of cheese on bread! Start teaching the necessary skills in August, so there’s lots of time to practice, and so he understands what’s expected of him by the time school starts.
Let Your Child Make Decisions
Get your child involved in decision-making so they feel invested in the back-to-school preparations. For example, when planning lunches, ask her opinion about what she’d like to take, making sure to offer lots of healthy options. She will be more apt to eat her lunch if she has some say in what goes in there! This has worked really well in my house; my daughter knows if she eats her healthy snacks (fruits, veggies) all week, then she gets an additional “treat” snack, such as a rice krispie square or cookie on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Keep The Learning Going All Summer Long
I’m not suggesting you subject your child to a rigorous summer learning lesson plan (it IS their vacation, after all!), but it is important for little brains to remain active over the break. I like using fun learning-based activity books to help kids keep up their skills and (bonus!) it helps ease the transition to having homework in the fall.
Start New Traditions
Did you have any memorable back-to-schooll traditions when you were young? I remember my Mom letting me pick out a special outfit each year to wear on my first day. That was heaven to a budding fashionista like me! Traditions are wonderful things, and I’m all for creating new ones, especially if they help kids look forward to the new school year. Whether it’s letting your child purchase a special item of their choosing, or going for a mother-daughter spa day before schooll starts, it’s a great way to make memories with your kids and get them excited for the fun, challenging year ahead.
Make Every Moment Special
Every parent takes that momentous “first day of school” photo each year, but why not kick it up a notch? I’m a huge fan of printables – what a cute addition to any first day pic! (I really love these by Sugar Tots Designs on iheartnaptime.) For kids in full-day school, lunch notes are a fantastic way of letting them know you’re thinking of them. There are lots of printables online to suit every style and taste. I’ve compiled my favourites, so check out my Back-to-School board on Pinterest!
Image: Sugar Tots Designs / iheartnaptime.net
Enjoy every last minute of your summer holiday… but remember that, with just a little preparation, you can ensure this back-to-school season is the best one yet!