Summer is quickly coming to an end and school is back in session. In this blog post, you will find some helpful tips for a smooth transition from summer to school.
- Sleep: a huge challenge of returning to school is establishing a sleep schedule again; this is especially difficult for teens. A week or two before the start of the school year, begin to re-establish a healthy sleep routine. Start by going to bed and waking up 30 minutes earlier than you have been over the summer. Then, slowly increase the interval of time until you are adjusted to the routine you will need for school.
- Summer Bucket List: summer always goes by so much faster than we anticipate. Every summer, many of us have a list of activities we want to partake in before school begins. Think about some of the items you haven’t been able to make time for and prioritize a few. This will help you feel prepared to say goodbye to summer and feel satisfied with how it was spent.
- Bonding Time With Your Kids: this is a tip for parents, because back to school is not just a transition for the kiddos. It can be helpful for you to have a special day with your child/children before sports, play dates, homework and all the other activities that come with school, take up so much of you and your child’s time. Having a special day together will help you feel prepared for this change and knowing that you had some quality time will be a comfort later on.
- Get That Schedule Ready: as stated previously, school can make schedules chaotic. Start getting organized early! Have a calendar designated for school events and activities. This can include parent teacher nights, the carpool schedule, school breaks and so on. The earlier you get organized, the easier keeping up with that hectic schedule will be.
- What Do You Want to be Different: before school starts, reflect on the previous school year and ask yourself this: what would I like to do differently? Perhaps you want to implement a system of setting out clothes, meal prepping, after school activities or even setting boundaries with the schedule. Use previous years experiences to help you start this school year on a positive and confident note.
I hope this blog post helps you as you prepare for the upcoming school year and enjoy these last few moments of summer.