Transition tips the whole family will appreciate.
For many, the first day of school is like an unofficial new year. When the clock strikes midnight on Labor Day, here comes routines, sleep schedules and healthy habits for the whole family. Though it can be a bit of an adjustment in the beginning, with some consistency, tenacity, and a strategic blueprint, the back-to-school transition will be a gentle one.
This just may be the toughest to implement, but most beneficial in the long run. The gang (including parents) have become comfortable with late nights and even later mornings. The best approach is to tweak the sleep schedule ASAP. Try not to go cold turkey on the eve of the first day of school. Then once you get the new sleep time in motion, keep it consistent, even on the weekends. Regardless, you may have a grumpy gang the first couple weeks, so patience and understanding are paramount.
Meal Prepping & Planning
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the school lunch hiatus for the past few months, because now it’s back to the grind. The best advice you can ever hope for is to map out the weekly plan and do as much as you can the night before. Chop fruit and veggies, make the sandwiches, set out the packaged snacks. Stock up on containers, thermoses, and water bottles. The last thing you need is a last-minute scramble if you forgot to wash containers last night or Junior left his water bottle in his locker (again!).
Meal prepping also applies to breakfast, mom and dad’s work lunches, and dinner. This is when batch cooking on the weekend is a timesaver, the freezer and slow cookers becomes your new best friends and Purely Inspired Superfoods and Organic Protein smoothies are a parent’s comfort and convenience food.
Get Comfortable With Calendars
During September it’s a good idea to keep your schedule fairly clear. Aside from bus times and extra curriculars, keep the pace slow while everyone adjusts to the new routines. Once you begin to build back up activities, dates and outings, live by the calendar. Keep a physical calendar in central location where everyone can consult it and having a digital version isn’t a bad idea either. Set reminders too for whatever you think could slip your mind.
Here Comes Traffic
If you’ve been a commuter all summer long, your route has certainly been a little slower and quieter. Well, on Tuesday September 7, set the alarm extra early. Vacationers are back. School is on. Welcome back traffic. The same goes for your PM commute. If you’re making plans, or picking up the kids, allow for this abrupt shift. And if it means sneaking out of the office a few minutes early, we’ll allow it.