And just like that – it’s time to go back to school. Summer break has a way of going slowly…slowly…slowly, and then BAM! It’s over all at once! As much as I love the lazy mornings, pool days, and movie nights, it’s time for all of us to get back into a routine.
1. Start moving bedtime and wakeup times earlier. I write this after our first day of waking up before 9am. (Ohhhh, new moms, please, read that sentence again. I promise you – this day will come for you, too!) 9am is NOT going to work starting next week, so we’re moving our bedtimes back to 7:30pm and our wakeup to 6:30am. This is step one because it can take everyone at least a week to get back into this rhythm, especially if you’re like us and have been pushing 9 – 10pm bedtimes for the summer nights! As much as I love wet children shrieking with joy running through the sprinkler at 8:30pm, I’m personally looking forward to getting back in the habit of the evening bath, book reading & snuggles after dinner.
2. Sort through clothing and donate too-small items. Make new purchases ONLY after doing an inventory of what you have. For example, all of my son’s shorts from last year still fit, but the tops are faded and too small. Think beyond new school shoes and clothing. Take a good look at the undergarments and socks, too! If you’re shopping – check out the incredible sales. Gap has 40% off with code FUNDAY, Old Navy has 35% off with no code required, and Nordstrom has their free shipping & free returns every day, making online shopping easy.
3. Get haircuts. We all know that a haircut needs at least a few days to look right, so try to schedule in the back-to-school haircuts a four to seven days before the first day of school.
4. Create a morning routine together, and practice it at least once. We created a morning routine last year and hung it up by our breakfast table, and it’s STILL there! We are in process of creating a new one for this year (I’ll share it when it’s ready!). Part of the fun is decorating and hanging up the routine, and just like cooking, when your kids are a part of the process, they enjoy the result more!
5. Clean out the car! This may even be a good time to treat yourself to a detailing. Our car is always a bit of a mess, but right now it’s reaching new levels. Sand from the beach, melted crayons in the doors, STICKERS on the windows (I mean, WHAT were they thinking back there?). Get yourself a good cleaning inside and out and you won’t be mortified in the car pool line!
With one week to go, we have this routine in high gear. Is there anything you do to make your family transition back to school easy and fun? Share in the comments!
Author: Candace Thomas