Going Back to School
Going back to school can be a difficult transition for everyone in the household. It is especially hard on your child. Your child‘s days go from having fun all day, to working and studying all day. Getting the up, dressed, fed and packed in the morning brings on new stresses for them and for mom. Then getting the home, wrestling them to their homework, and fighting them on bed time are a whole other feat in themselves.
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Schedule Your Child’s Days
I believe that if you schedule your child’s days, and post this schedule on a wall for all to see their will be far less arguments. The kids will know what is expected of them, and just like they have time slots for everything in school; they will follow those same guidelines at home.
(I learned how to make these printables by following the tutorial in The Sits Girls)
After School Schedule
Unpack Backpack – Give Mom or Dad all important papers and set homework aside on designated homework table.
Get A Snack (Mom Pro Tip: Have the snack prepared before your child gets home to save time)
Talk About Day – Talk to your child about their day while they enjoy their snack. This will keep you connected, and in the loop.
Do Homework -Preferably have your child do their homework at the kitchen or dining room table so that you are easily accessible to them if they have homework questions (and so you know they are actually doing their homework)
Play Time – Allowing your child play time before dinner will burn off any excess energy they have built up, and build their appetite for dinner
Dinner Time – Eating dinner as a family is another way to stay connected to your child(ren). It’s a great way to learn new information about them, and it helps keep the working parent connected to the child as well.
Help Clean Up – Having your child help you clean up after dinner teaches them responsibility doesn’t end at school
Take a Walk or Play a Game – Trying to do this every day with your child is a great way to bond with them while having fun and letting loose a little
Pack Backpack and Lay Out Clothes – Packing your child’s backpack the night before will make for a much less stressful morning for everyone. Double check to make sure homework is in there, and make sure their lunch is accessible for them in the fridge. Also laying out their clothes, or having them do it the night before leaves for little arguments in the morning.
Bath, Brush and Bed – After all is said and done make sure your child bathes (or showers), brushes their teeth, and gets into bed. At bedtime make sure to continue your bedtime rituals as appropriate (songs, books, ect.), kiss them good night and relax. You made it another day!
Before School Schedule
Eat Breakfast – I suggest this as the first task in the morning so that the child doesn’t accidentally spill on their school clothes. In addition, O.J. doesn’t taste too good with freshly brushed teeth.
Brush Teeth – I suggest this before getting dressed as well so there is no accidental toothpaste or “spit” on your child’s clothes
Get Dressed and Do Hair – In the clothes that all laid out from the night before. Also, doing their hair after they get dressed leaves less chance of it becoming messy before school.
Constructive Play Time – I particularly don’t like it loud in the morning. So my suggestions for play in the morning are reading a book, coloring or drawing, or something else that is neither messy or loud.
Put Lunch in Backpack – Keep the backpacks by the door the kids go out so they will be hard to miss.
Walk to Bus Stop or Drive To School -Depending on where you live and what your schedule is, having that time with your child before they go off to school is important for them.
Then you can go about your mom business for the rest of the day! I hope these tips help make your back to school transition a breeze! Do you have any other tips for moms during this time? Share them below.