As summer winds down, and vaccines spread around the world, all parents are facing the same challenge: Trying to find that easy transition from months of sleeping in and online schooling to alarm clocks and getting kids ready to actually head out the door.
Here are some tips to get ready for the fall. These suggestions will ease you and your family back into those all too familiar frantic mornings and maybe make them not quite so frantic.
Get back to a good night routine for school
Staying up late and sleeping in past breakfast has been the hallmark of this past year during the pandemic, especially for tweens and teens. But cranky, sleep-deprived kids do not make for easy school mornings. Getting them back on a sleep routine is an essential part of keeping everyone happy in the first weeks back to school.
A few weeks ahead of the first day of school, start sending them to bed a bit earlier each night. If they’re old enough to use an alarm, have them set it a little earlier each morning.
By the time you’re packing backpacks for the first day of school, they should be back on their traditional bedtime and wake-up routine.
Don’t do your back-to-school shopping last minute
After what we’ve all been through this last year, every parent is going to be ready for their kids to return to school. That means everyone is going to be ready to do their back-to-school shopping early this year.
The last thing you want is to go shopping and realize all the materials your child needs are sold out because you were late to the game.
Many schools and teachers post yearly supply lists online or provide guidance before classes begin, so take advantage of that. Get out and shop a couple of weeks prior to the return to school date.
Then, just to be sure you are prepared, use the last days before school starts to double check backpacks, binders, notebooks, supply lists and all the essentials for digital tools like laptops or calculators.
If your kids are not too excited about heading back to the classroom, make school supply shopping fun by letting them pick out their favorite folder and notebook colors along with some special stickers or decals to personalize them.
Quick and healthy breakfast ideas
If someone in your family has the time to make homemade omelets, pancakes or french toast each morning, make sure you say thank you. For the rest of us, a plan for quick, healthy breakfasts that your kids will actually eat is a necessity before school starts.
If you can set aside time on the weekend, you can still have those homemade favorites. Prepare large batches and freeze them for easy reheating during the week. Eggs baked in muffin tins are great for easy breakfast sandwiches for kids or adults.
Whole grain items like bread for toast, cereal, frozen waffles, oatmeal or meal bars can be paired with fruit or yogurt for a well-balanced meal.
And keeping an abundance of frozen fruit on hand makes smoothies a quick option and an easy vehicle for added nutrients like spinach, kale or protein, such as Nutrilite™ All Plant Protein Powder.
If you’ve got a child who grumpily avoids breakfast, you can always slip something in their bag as they walk out the door, like a banana or a Nutrilite™ Kids Superfood Smoothie. These smoothies provide them with soy-free protein, 100% pure fruit and plenty of essential vitamins to help hold them over until their next meal.
Healthy school lunches
Make sure your kitchen is stocked with all the school lunch staples and nutritious snacks your kids will eat. That last part is key as the most nutritious lunch in the world won’t do them any good if they don’t eat it.
Look for lean lunch meats or other lean proteins on whole grain breads, sliced vegetables, easy-to-eat fruits and whole grain chips or crackers. Additionally, trail mix gives your kids a sweet and salty snack with healthy fats and some chocolate if they have a sweet tooth.
Prepping some of those items at the beginning of each week is ideal. At the very least aim for the night before. That’s one less thing to worry about in the morning when you’re herding them off to school.
Choose back to school outfits the night before
School mornings will go much more smoothly if everything is where you need it when you wake up.
Ask your kids to lay out their clothing for the next day, ensuring every part is clean and available. That will help avoid any wardrobe emergencies amid the morning scramble.
Have them check their backpacks at night, too, making sure everything inside is ready to go. If there is room in the refrigerator for all the lunch bags or lunchboxes, great. If not, put the nonperishable items in the lunchbox on the counter where it won’t be forgotten and add the rest before they walk out the door.
Talk to your kids
It has been a long year for all of us. Being stuck at home through a pandemic has been a stressful time and has caused many people to experience feelings or issues that may not have been present before. It’s important that we talk to our young ones about what their return will look like.
Just like your return to the office, your kids may be nervous for their return to school. There is a good chance they will have questions about what to expect and how to deal with new normal. Make yourself available to listen and talk with your kids about any concerns they may have.
Don’t forget yourself
Handling all this back-to-school wrangling amid ongoing pandemic concerns can be a little stressful, but most of these tips work for the adults in the household, too.
Make sure you add your favorite coffee, tea or energy drink to the back-to-school shopping list, too. Enjoying a quiet moment in the morning before the rest of the family wakes up is a great way to prepare for the expected rush.
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