Get Ready for School

Get Ready for School with These Foolproof Routine Hacks

We can almost hear the moans and groans: “But I don’t wanna get up!”

The first day of school is just around the corner, and as much as the kids have gotten used to sleeping in this summer, it’s going to be hard to get them up and ready to go. If you’re already dreading the back to school craziness, follow these tips to help get the kids up and out the door from the very first day.

How Can Your Family Get Ready for School on Time? Start with These 7 Tips

Get The Kids to Bed Early Starting Now: It takes time for the body to adjust to a different sleep schedule. Start pushing bedtime up a few nights before the first day of school, and wake them up earlier. They’ll have an easier time getting up on school mornings if they’ve had a chance to get used to rising early.

Go Through A Trial Run: Summer mornings have been totally unorganized, and you probably haven’t been keeping up with laundry, grocery shopping or your stock of toiletries. A day or two ahead of time, go through the motions, so you’ll know you have everything the kids need to get ready for school. If your son realizes he needs clean matching socks or your daughter is out of her favorite hairspray, you’ll have time to have them both by the time they go back to school. This will also help you decide on the best morning routine that works for your family. If everyone doesn’t have time to shower in the mornings, move some to the night before. If anything else doesn’t work, you can change it.

Prepare What You Can the Night Before: Eliminate whatever hassles you can from your morning routines for school. Have outfits chosen and laid out the night before, pack backpacks and have lunches made. It will be a big relief not to have battles over who’s wearing what, who did their homework or what everyone’s eating that day.

Get Yourself Ready First: Even if you hate to get up early yourself, you’ll appreciate the extra sanity it brings when it’s time to get the kids up. So, wake up an hour earlier, have your coffee and be dressed so you can deal with whatever the kids need in order to get ready for school.

Play Music When It’s Time to Get Everyone Up and GoingIt’s hard for anyone to drag their feet in the morning when there’s upbeat music in the air. Turn on some tunes that are age appropriate for your kids. A favorite nursery rhyme for the little ones or today’s biggest hits for teens. It will motivate them to get ready for school instead of staying in bed.

Serve a Healthy BreakfastThe best morning routine starts with a healthy breakfast. So stock up on fruits, yogurt, and whole wheat toast, so everyone in your family will have the energy to get through the morning and the rest of the day.

Make Sleep a Priority, and Stick With ItWaking up tired and crabby is not a good way to start the morning on the first day of school or any other day.  The best way to ensure your mornings will go smoothly is to have everyone well rested. That means starting a bedtime routine at the same time each night, with warm baths or showers, a wholesome bedtime snack, and turning off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, so the blue light doesn’t keep you or your kids awake. Dim the lights in the bedrooms and encourage everyone to read a book until they’re sleepy. If everyone gets the recommended hours of sleep based on their age (8-10 hours for most school-aged kids), the kids should wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to learn what they need to in school.

If you’re looking for other helpful tips on sleep and living healthy every day, check out: “How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle at Every Age” and “A Parent’s Guide to a Bedtime Routine for Kids.”

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