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How To Ease Back Into A School Routine

I don’t know about you, but my family and I take summer break very seriously. We eat way more snacks, stay in our PJs, and stay up as late as possible. Jumping up and starting school right away would be a shock to our system, lol, so we like to ease back into a routine.

We have all heard or read that it takes from 21-28 days to form a habit. Getting back into a routine takes about the same amount of time in my opinion. Sometimes it even takes a little more because of all the adjusting that have to happen. So don’t beat yourself up if you still find yourself waking up late, literally dragging the kids out of bed, or lacking motivation to get things done. There is a way to get back into a school routine without fighting with yourself or your kids. If you struggle with getting back into routine, here are few tips that might help.

Remember Summer Is Not Over

Summer is still in full force when the school year starts so why not enjoy everyday of it. Stop trying to push summer out of the way and try to use it to your advantage. Continue to do summer things but at the same time everyday. Start small with your routine by waking up a certain time starting a month ahead of your school start date. It could be as simple as opening all the blinds, playing music, or planning an engaging activity around the time you need to start waking.

Routines Are A Necesity

There are so many benefits to having routines for you as a homemaker and especially for your children. Routines have the ability to lower stress, help create healthy habits, help with productivity, and give a sense of control to our lives. When you are not thinking about what’s next or whether or not you got everything done for that day, you have more brain space(hopefully I said that right) to focus. It also just help your day run smoother.

Start by writing down everything that need to happen in your school day. Think about your last school year and note what worked and what could benefit from a little adjustment. There should be a few routines in place; a morning routine, a school routine, and an evening routine. Knowing what these routines look like should help you with getting back into the swing of things.

Ease Back In

As I mentioned earlier, start small by just waking up everyday at a certain time. Usually the sleep and wake schedule is the hardest to get back to, but there are a few other things you can do to help you ease back into a school routine.

Meal Plan

Create at least 2 weeks of meals that are quick and easy. Have a list of at least 3 breakfast and lunch meals you can rotate along with a few snacks. I would also recommend having at least 2 slow cooker meals out of the 5 planned dinner meals. I like to do a month but even if you just plan for that first week of school, it helps.

Get organized

Start setting up your school space a few weeks before your start date. Have things labeled so that everyone knows where their supplies are and where to return them when done. Eliminate any clutter or distractions from your designated school area.

Train Mindset

“I think I can..I think I can…I think I can.” About 2 weeks before the start of school, start talking about school and whats going to be happening. Tell the kids your ideas and what you changed. Ask them what they think about your setup or the meals. Talk about how great this school year is going to be. This will get your mind thinking about school. It will also let the kids know that it is almost time to get back into the routine.

Change is never easy when it comes to habits and routines, but if you take it one day at a time, adjust as you go, and give yourself grace, it can ease the friction of getting back to school.

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