It is almost back to school! For some of you I have learned that school has already started. Which I still can’t get over the fact that it is even time for school. The older boys start in a couple weeks and Cyrus starts preschool in September. So we will be in back to school mode for the next month. I know with back to school it can be overwhelming to get everything organized. I wanted to share a back to school guide to set you up for success. Use this as a reference as you are preparing your kids for school.
Establish a Schedule
I am sure our household is not the only one that is back to being busy with sports and school activities. With that, it is important for our family to be in sync with the family schedule. For this specific back to school tip for parents, I purchased a large calendar board that hangs in our mudroom. Each new week I show the boys the schedule and call out anything that pertains to them. This is important to loop the kids in!
Creating Healthy Sleep Habits
This is key, especially for Calvin. It has been quite an adjustment for Calvin attending school this last year. The first two days of his last year I would pick him up and he would fall asleep on the car ride home. We have been intentional with focusing on our boys sleeping habits. It has helped make the boys ready to get up in the morning, which helps make our busy mornings more productive and only makes it easier for them to be successful in their workday.
Tips to help have healthy bedtime habits:
Create a bedtime routine. After spending some family time, we bathe the boys, and then dedicate about 20 minutes to reading. We allow the boys to also do one Amazon Kids bedtime story after we read together. It turns off at the end of the story so the boys know it’s time to go to sleep.
Have children go to bed at the same time every night. Establishing a set time helps our kids wind down and start mentally preparing for sleep. This doesn’t always happen in perfect harmony, especially with the boys sometimes having late games. We try our best to have them go to bed around the same time.
Shut down electronics. We make sure to turn off the kids’ screens to allow their minds to slow down and prepare for the end of the day. We try to turn it off about one hour at least before bedtime. The last thing we need is for our boys to be still thinking about a Fortnite battle when trying to go to bed.
Is it really the first day of school if you don’t have the 1st day of school signs? Here is a round-up of some options to get in time for the perfect first day.
This year I would like to start being more intentional with creating a balanced lunch for the kids each day. It can get easy to grab chips and cookies (which I definitely will still do). However, I also want to do a mix of more thought out meals as well.
If you are like me and also want to be more intentional with meal idea here are some meals I plan on trying.
Meal Ideas for Kids
Meal Ideas for Tweens/Teens
School can often bring many challenges and emotions. I know for me it is important that I remind my kids daily just how amazing and capable they are. I want them to know how capable they are, and there is nothing they can’t achieve. Here are some positive affirmations you can do with your children before school.