Tips from OMO: Getting Back into the School Routine
It’s a word that most children hate, but developing a consistent bedtime that doesn’t change, even on the weekends, is important. It’s important to set a bedtime and wake-up routine that allows for plenty of rest before the school year starts. Ease back into the routine by setting bedtime 15 minutes earlier each night. Sleep is one of the most essential aspects of your child’s health. Kids need to feel rested in order to prepare for the day ahead.
Plan ahead for nutritious meals
School nights are busy, and combining them with extracurricular activities can feel chaotic. Spend a few minutes each week planning meals before going to the grocery store. Having a plan for dinner can eliminate some of the stress that goes hand in hand with a busy school night.
A place and time for homework
Some kids will want to come home from school and get their homework out of the way right away, while others will need some down-time. All children should have an agreed time and place set aside for doing homework.
Avoid taking on too much
With so many extracurricular activities available, it’s easy to overschedule. This can lead to very tired kids, as well as plenty of dirty laundry. Ask your children to choose the activities that are most fun for them, and limit the activities to one or two so that the family has time to unwind at home. Also, don’t forget to invest in a good quality laundry detergent, like OMO , for effortless fabric care and easy stain removal.
Talk about the day
Parents should make time to talk about what happened during the day with their children. A quick five minute chat is all the time that it will take. To get the conversation going, why not share something that you did during the day?
Families need a structured morning routine that works for them. Decide on some rules such as will there be T.V. in the morning or not, and what children do first whether it’s eating breakfast or getting dressed. A visual schedule will work well when it comes to helping children feel empowered as they can see what the steps to getting ready in the morning are, for example first they get dressed, then they eat, then they brush their teeth.
Too often parents expect teachers to contact them and don’t meet their child’s teacher until open house or parent-teacher conferences. Volunteering at school and talking with your child each day about their lessons or activities show that school is important and that you care.