We are only a few days into the back to school routine, but I am SO EXCITED by how smoothly everything is going! I know it is still the 1st week, but I wanted to share some of the tricks and tips that made this year’s transition a success! I learned from the mistakes I made last year. I didn’t start a routine early enough and we kicked off the school year with 2 miserable weeks.
I talked about this last week, but during the summer, we throw our bedtime routine out the window! I think it is totally worth it, but you do need a solid plan to get your kids ready for class.
Here’s 4 ways I got my kids “Back to School, Back to Sleep” ready:
1. Start Early: We started pushing back bedtime about a week and a half before school started. I did it in 15 minute increments. My son complained at first that he wasn’t tired, but I still made him go to bed. (I did let him read books) Consistency is key here.
|The earlier bedtime was no problem for my husband, who ALWAYS falls asleep after book time! It took my son a bit longer to get into his new sleep routine.|
2. Turn the TV Off: We went back to the regular school year routine of turning the TV off before dinner and leaving it off. That way, there are no arguments… no “Just 10 minutes more! Please???” The kids know they can grab a book or play quietly until bed, but TV is out of the question.
3. Ease Into Mornings: For my son, I’m the one that gets him out of bed in the morning. He had an alarm in the past, but he would ignore it. Now I gently wake him up, tell him it is time to start the day, remind him of all the wonderful things he has to look forward to. My mom used to wake me up this way, and I still remember it. I slowly start opening his blinds and give him a few minutes. He rarely gives me any issues and both of us start our day in a pleasant mood.
4. Have a Healthy Breakfast Ready: We all know the importance of breakfast! I like to give my kids a few healthy options, so they feel like they are making the choice. Also, be sure to find out what time your child eats lunch. My son eats fairly early, so if he doesn’t eat much… I am not too concerned. However, if his lunchtime was later, I would be sure to give him plenty of time to eat. No one likes a ‘hangry’ 1st grader!
|A MASSIVE bowl of cereal makes my boy happy! (but not as happy as wearing his karate outfit 24-7)|
If your child is having issues falling or staying asleep, you may want to take another look at their mattress. As an adult, we all want a comfortable bed… but many parents are quick to add-on the cheap mattress offered with a kids new bedroom set! According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids between the ages of 5-10 need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night, so a good mattress is a MUST!
|Another happy morning with my well-rested bunch!|
Sealy partnered with the UNC School of Medicine, surveying over 1,000 parents about sleep habits leading into the back-to-school season. More than two thirds of parents say getting back on a sleep schedule is the hardest part of getting into the back to school routine. Sealy created this awesome infographic to break down what else they found!
I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year! Parents… I would love to hear your tips and tricks that helped to make sure your kids were ready to head back to class!