Back to school means getting kids adjusted to a new schedule. Anything that messes with a routine can be hard, not to mention super stressful. How can we wake up kids for school in a way that makes our mornings easier and less grumpy?
Here’s your back to school plan. How do we solve this? I discovered that two specific things prevents children from having enough time in the morning: Not getting enough sleep the night before No real incentive to wake up earlier LIMIT DEVICE USE As adults, we know its hard to fall asleep when you’re not tired – and it’s definitely the same for kids.
When we start making their bedtime earlier, our rule is only to be in bed by a certain time.If the child is not tired, he/she can always read a book, but no electronics. Why? According to Scientific American, the screens in our devices have a higher concentration of blue light than any other light. Blue light is known to affect your levels of melatonin -the hormone that causes you to fall asleep – more than any other light source.
If kids (and adults) use devices right before bed, it can negatively impact sleep. Even though the child has access to a whole public library of e-books on the tablet, it’s better to insist that he/she choose reading material of the paper variety when laying in bed.
START A NEW MORNING ROUTINE The term “getting ready” can be such an abstract term. What does it mean to “be ready” for school? We know what we want from our kids, but do they know?
That’s why we need to plan new morning routines with our children. It helps to sit down before school starts and plan out exactly what your child needs to do every morning. Some items on his/her list can be: make his/her bed, eat breakfast, take a shower get dressed, pack lunch pack his/her school bag put on shoes.
That is the only way we stop nagging.
By letting them experience the consequences, our kids will be more self-motivated to get out the door in time. By providing a groundwork of adjusting their bedtime, making kids aware of expectations and giving morning incentives the first week, you are doing your job as parents to make the transition back to school as easy as possible.
Now, it’s up to our kids to take it from here with gentle reminders from us.