New Routines, New Me :: Back to School Tips

Houston Moms Blog "New Routines. New Me :: Back to School Tips"For most Houstonians, the start of the school year is right around the corner. Back to school means early wake up times, rushed mornings, and afternoons filled with homework and dishes. With just a few weeks of summer left, you may already be thinking of how to make this transition smoother for you and the kids.

Whether you’re re-establishing old routines or want to create brand new ones, check out my best tips for beating the back- to- school blues ::

Bedtime Routines Rule

No one wants to give up their starry summer nights but doing this now will save you headaches once the school year race takes off. Help your child fall asleep easier using age- old sleepy-time techniques. Even school aged children benefit from bath time and a story. Use lavender soaps or serve them chamomile tea before bed to help them relax. Be sure to switch off the electronics at least an hour before bed to help those natural sleep hormones flow.

If they’ve been going to bed later than usual, ease into a bedtime routine by having the kids go to bed just half an hour earlier. Once they are falling asleep easily at that time, raise the bedtime another half hour. It should only take a week or two to get back in the habit. This is also the perfect time to create brand new bedtime traditions if the old ones aren’t working.

Add in Academics

If you don’t already have a daily hour of reading, now is the perfect time to start. Help the kids get back into the academic mindset with tons of free sites offering everything from handwriting practice to logic problems. Not to mention, our wonderful local libraries provide educational opportunities all around town!

Have a “mock” school day. This one may be different for parents who work outside of the home but the whole purpose is to get used to waking up again early, getting out the door quickly, then spending time in the afternoons doing their “homework”. However you can achieve this works- even if you pretend to homeschool for the day. Don’t forget to prepare for the next morning just like you would during the school year.

Get Organized

Set up a school station! Make it easier to get out the door in the morning by having a specific area for backpacks, lunchboxes, and homework. My son is notorious for losing his homework. I’ve found it wedged in between his bed and the wall and crumpled in between the couch cushions. My secret to ending the fiasco was to have a specific place for him to do his homework every day, a place to “turn it in”, and a routine for checking it.

Now is also a great time to start having family meetings. A weekly family round- table is a great way for everyone to talk about their pits and peaks of the week and talk about anything they’re worried about.

Gather everyone in the living room, distraction- free. Start by asking the kids what they are most looking forward to about the school year- and what they’re concerned about. Then, dive into your own ideas. You don’t have to be lecture-y about it, you can be funny, serious, or both! You’re just providing a safe space to talk about family business.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for getting the kids back on schedule for the year?

Need more back-to-school tips? Check out The Ultimate Back to School Guide for Houston Moms!

The Ultimate Back-to-School Guide for Houston Moms | Houston Moms Blog

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Kathryn Y
Kathryn grew up in Katy during a time when catching crawfish after a storm was totally normal and you could gorge on blackberries just by walking the fields. While attending Blinn College, she developed a passion for teaching and, after graduating from University of Houston, dedicated several years of her life to working with underprivileged youth. Recently, Kathryn dove head-first into entrepreneurship by pursuing real estate and the dream career she has imagined since she was nine years old- writing! When she isn’t clicking away at her keyboard, you can find her juggling the demands of a blended family, painting in her garage, seeking out Houston’s best kept secrets, or walking the isles of her favorite store, Home Depot. Kathryn has children from her first marriage and later became a “bonus mom” when she met and married the love of her life, Victor. Between them, the couple have six children- Antonio {2000}, Jacinda and Penelope {2002}, Elisabeth {2006}, Naila {2007}, and Sebastian {2008}. Kathryn and her family love the arts, dogs, reading, baseball, boiling mudbugs, pretending to be food critics, and enjoying the great outdoors. You can keep up with Kathryn’s entrepreneurial journey at The Cut and Shooting My Shot.



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