“Transition” Back to School

Now that the summer has drawn to an end, it’s time for back to school! Of course, the transition is never as smooth as we want it to be, but there are a few things parents can do to make it go just a little smoother.

One of the hardest habits to break after summer time is staying up later than normal at night and sleeping in later in the mornings. Even though it doesn’t necessarily matter during the summer months (especially if it works out they are getting the same amount of hours of sleep), it is extremely important once the kids are back in school that they get used to being back in a routine, and getting a steady number of hours each night.

A great way to tackle it is to make it the change a slow process, starting a week before they really need to be in bed a certain time. Get them to bed ten minutes earlier each night, which is a little enough change that it can go unnoticed (don’t mention it of course!). Over the course of a week can get them to bed more than an hour earlier, without a major fight!

One thing that often helps is to make sure their kid’s bedrooms have proper window treatments.  Especially in the beginning of the school year, it is still light when they need to be in bed.  A quick and easy solution are hanging some black out window treatments – so when they go to bed they can fall asleep easier because their rooms will be dark! If they are young enough it’s a good way of tricking them into thinking it’s night time already too!

At the end of the day there are a lot of adjustments that you will have to make – but hopefully this tip makes the struggle a little bit easier on everyone!