If you are like many parents across the globe, there is a good chance you are making plans for the new school year. No matter if your child is a high school senior or a kindergartner, preparing your kid and yourself for the upcoming year can be a chore in itself. Focus on these tips for establishing an easy to follow a routine that will get you through this school year and all others that might still have to come.
Bedtimes and Waking Up in the Morning
It can pay off to establish habits for your child a week or so before the school year gets underway. Set a few parameters now so it will be easier when school begins. You might have been a bit forgiving on bedtimes during the summer, many parents are. But if you still have an elementary student, set an early enough bedtime now so they won’t be overly sleepy on their first few days of school. The same can be done for the time that they get out of bed in the morning. Establishing this routine will save you from many headaches down the road.
Create a Calendar
You, your spouse, and all of your children have various schedules that are all completely different. If you create a calendar with certain information written down for every date on it, it won’t leave each of you second guessing if there is anything going on that day. Having that calendar hanging on the front of your fridge is a great way to ensure that everyone notices it. If your child has a cell phone, all of you can share a schedule very simply on it. This will keep everyone up to date on what is happening all the time.
Don’t Forget to Keep Up the Hygiene
The last thing you will want is your child to be known as the stinky kid in class. It is tough for them to live down this label even years after. Put in place a nightly routine where they take a bath or shower at a certain specific time. Do the same thing for setting a time where they brush their teeth every morning and every night. If your child is young, you will have to supervise them pretty strictly in the beginning, but eventually they will implement the routine on their own.
Set a Homework Time
If you do not prepare a consistent homework time where your child must sit down and complete any work left over from the day, there is a chance that they will never get to it. It can be a bit embarrassing to receive a call or email from a teacher stating that your kid is failing to turn in homework. While it is your child’s responsibility, it is also yours as well. It all goes along with parenting.
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Written by Ryan Crawley