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Summer holidays may have seen their bedtimes extend to later with perhaps more flexibility to your day than during the school term. If you’ve not already started to rein these in, now’s the time to edging back to the usual bedtime. Depending on the difference this has slipped to start reducing this incrementally to end up at your usual routine the day or so before they go back to school.
Kids are natural grazers and during the summer holidays their eating routines can get out of whack. If your children have started to eat more little and often during the long holidays begin to set more defined meal times now to help them adjust to school timings. As they’ll be getting up earlier (with those earlier bedtimes) add in the breakfast routine close to the same time as they’ll be expected to eat when they’re back at school. Match lunch time to around the same time of your child’s school and bring the evening meal in earlier than it may slipped to.
If this has slipped a little get back into the routine of reading regularly with your child. Get them to select their favourite book and put some time aside each day to read with them. This can be any combination you reading to them, sharing reading or them reading to you. All of this will help to get them prepared and in the right mindset before heading back to school.
Start getting them to get their clothes out for the next day before going to bed. OK, so they’re not quite ready for their uniforms but you can start off the process for them having to plan ahead to avoid the morning chaos before they return to school. This will get them thinking along the right lines. Another tip is to get them to pack their school bags up some time during the week before school starts. This will also help to make sure that they’ve got everything they need. If anything’s missing there’s still time to do some last minute shopping!
We hope these tips help! If your child is going up to big school for this year, read our tips on preparing your child for secondary school.
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