This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an influencer activation for Influence Central; all opinions are entirely my own.
The first few weeks school can be rough on students and parents; we definitely have had our share of back to school struggles. Here are a few back to school tips to help your family thrive instead of just survive.
My son attends an independent school, which has a few unique features; the Kindergarten and Preschool programs are just a half day. He attended the afternoon sessions in both programs. I knew that starting First Grade and going to school a full day would be shocking to him for the first few weeks. He was most shocked by the 6:30am wake up. Our transition from a half day school program, to summer break, and into first grade has been easier than I imaged. I decided to implement a “transitioning” program shortly before school started back and it has made our lives much easier.
Our first day of school consisted of a few minutes of teeth gnashing, a lot of hurry-ups, a too many silly obligatory first day of school photos, and no tears. Gabe was excited to start school, he just wasn’t excited about the new routine.
Back to School Tips:
- Start your transition early. Don’t wait until the first day of school to implement any big schedule changes. Start slowing transitioning your child to an earlier bedtime and earlier wake up in 15-30 minute increments.
- Organize as much as possible. Schedules run a lot smoother if you can easily find items regularly needed. Organize your pantry to make packing lunches and snacks quicker and easier. Organize bedrooms so that school clothes and accessories can be laid out at night and found when needed. Create a space for backpacks and other bags so that have a regular location (I’ve taught my son to put his backpack on a hook, so we aren’t looking for it in the morning).
- Create a realistic full day schedule. Include wake up time, what time to leave the house (allot time for breakfast if necessary), after school schedule, sports and other activities, homework, free time, and a set bedtime.
- Eat balanced meals trying to meet basic nutritional requirements. Supplement with a quality multi-vitamin to help ensure proper vitamin intake. You can help your child get off to a good start by establishing quality healthy habits.
- Spend quality time together. It can hard to juggle an afternoon schedule. Try to schedule homework time shortly after your child gets out of school and you will have a better idea of how much free time they will have. Try not to let meal time and help with homework be the only time that you spend together. Plan for at least 15 minutes of fun time enjoying an activity together each day.
- Plan ahead. Lay out clothing, pack lunches, and prep ahead as much as possible.
- Find a schedule that works best for you and your child. Example: My son does better at school if he showers before school instead of bed. It wakes him up and he is ready to start his day. It’s well worth the added 10 minutes to our morning routine.
Gabe takes a Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin gummie daily. It’s a part of our daily routine, just like brushing his teeth. It contains 12 essential nutrients that are specific to the dietary needs of children. Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® contain no synthetic dyes, no preservatives or yeast, and they’re gluten free. The gummies are orange, cherry, and mixed-berry flavored. I want him to start early with healthier habits.
Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies are available in the health and wellness section of your local Target.
It doesn’t matter if your child is starting Kindergarten or College or if you have one child or many, the first weeks of a new school year can be rough. Help them make better lifestyle choices and establish routines to ease the transition.
I hope you find these back to school tips helpful. I’d love to know what works (or doesn’t work) for you and your family.
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