It’s almost back to school season and for some of us parents, we know how exhausting it can be to get back into the school time daily routine again after a summer full of fun and family time.
I’ve put a short list together of what has helped me personally to get my kids motivated and ‘back in the saddle’ so to speak when that fall school bell rings it weary toll.
For most children and even parents, the hardest part is just getting out of bed every morning! Most of us are NOT morning people lol! We also just recently moved from Boise, Idaho to Lafayette, Indiana earlier this month. Having our time zone be two hours ahead was a challenge, to begin with, and to top it off the knowledge that their new schools would start even EARLIER this year…*cue the eye rolls and moans from my children*. Keep in mind that even though the title I wrote for this article says work at home moms, it really is helpful for ALL parents.
P.S. the reason for our move is because my hubby is a long haul trucker driver and by moving closer to a terminal with his company we are able to see him every weekend instead of every TWO months…..YAAAAY!
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Here is my first tip that I feel is the MOST important to start with:
Retrain your brains and your bodies:
Train your children AND yourself for an earlier bedtime and morning wake-up time a good two weeks before school starts. This will help to reset your body clocks for starters but will also help with the argument of “why do we need to go to bed NOW mom?” Make it a routine, and stick with it. If it helps to start 20 minutes earlier every night until you’re at the normal school night bedtime, that’s great, for some families it means setting the time the same as it would be as if you were going to school. If you live somewhere where it’s still dark when you need to wake up, consider an alarm clock that stimulates the sun rising for a more natural and gradual morning wake up routine for you and your children.
I totally look like this in the morning don’t you? 😉
Also, I recommend cutting down on screen time a minimum of 30 minutes before bedtime. Studies have shown that screen time before bedtime can inhibit your ability to fall asleep in a reasonable time. I’ll leave that to your parenting instincts. If your kid is suffering from insomnia, pay attention to their bedtime habits; device time may be more of a hindrance than a help.
Back-to-school shopping means family fun time!
One of the ways we make going back to school fun for our kids is involving them in the back to school shopping. Whether you shop online or price match at your local stores, take your kids along and let them be part of the selection process when you can.
Create a homework station:
Dedicate a space in your home specifically for homework and school projects like the one shown here and in the image above. Have everything your kids will need to finish their tasks such as; pencils, pens, rulers, markers, glue sticks, calculator etc. This will hopefully cut down on the “MOM where’s a pencillllll! I can’t do my homework nowwww!” Not that I’ve ever had that shouting match before… eh, hem.
Chill out moms and dads!
Ever heard the saying “If mama ain’t happy ain’t NOBODY happy”? Well, there’s a reason for this. When I am stressed to the max it affects the way I react to everything. I constantly have to remind myself to B.R.E.A.T.H.E! You can’t teach your kids how to handle stress and anxiety if you are obviously not handling it yourself. I need that reminder more than most of you reading it believe me! If my kids sense my anxiety or stress then they too become anxious and stressed out. Even if I am stressed I try my hardest to put on a good show in front of my kids by slapping on a happy face and making my kids laugh as much as possible. Before I know it the show becomes a reality and I really DO feel better! Funny how that works huh? I am trying to ease my kids into back to school by talking about it and encouraging healthy, positive discussions and addressing their concerns head on. Especially with the start of a new school and a new town! I don’t know about you but I could use ALL the energy I can get when school starts again! My kids are back in school August 9th if you can believe that! Seems so early, when do your kids start school?
One of the things I’ve been trying recently is meditation and yoga. Since we moved I’ve gotten off track but I’m looking forward to making it part of my morning routine once again. I have Fibromyalgia so having strength and energy has been difficult for me to gather, and solo parenting hasn’t made it much easier on me. I’ve tried so MANY different energy drink products and most of them I can’t stomach due to their ingredients. I was super excited to try VoloVitamins Energy drink mix because it’s one of the few that doesn’t contain a bunch of artificial sweeteners that upset my system. I love the extra boost of vitamins and minerals and it doesn’t taste gritty or have a mediciny taste to it. Yes, I know mediciny isn’t a word, but it should be a word don’t you think?
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