Who wants to get back to work after a wonderful summer vacation? We are! But you know why? Because we adore what we do and we can’t wait to talk to you again about what we really care about – our children.
What if we had a 9 -5 pm job without any passion or motivation?
Definitely we would take a permanent vacation…
Same with the kids! If we can arouse their interest and passion about going back to school, they will be more than happy to reunite with their colleagues.
We have some tips and tricks for you to ease the kids transition from the vacation to back to school again.
1. Ease back into a school based sleep schedule.
Those early mornings will be here soon so start putting the kids to bed and waking them earlier a week or two before school starts. Kids aged 5-12 years need 10-11 hours of sleep. WebMD recommends:
“Begin with a wake up time that is about an hour earlier than usual. For example, if your 6-year-old goes to bed at 9 p.m. during the summer and needs to get back to an 8 p.m. bedtime for school, begin by waking her up at 7 a.m. instead of letting her sleep until 8. Then try inching her bedtime back the next night to 8:30 p.m. On day two, wake her up at 6:30 a.m. and aim for an 8 p.m. bedtime.”
2. Get your kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active.
This is a great tip to motivate kids to happily return to school. During the school year they can practice a hobby they are passionate about. Ask the kids what they like to learn the next year and make the plans together.
3. Keep the scholar mode active.
It’s hard to return to something you totally abandoned. So, as parents, we should help our kids never to close the learning mode. We can visit cultural attractions like museums, have discussion about what we’ve seen and what it means, practically we keep their curiosity alert, which is the most important material of future learning.
4. Encourage your kids to read at least one book before the school year begins.
Another tip to rise their intellectual abilities is to attract them to read. If they’re not so into it, read to the kids yourself until the catching point, then ask them to read for you. Or buy e-books with valuable lectures. Try to find those books with a more than entertain benefits.
5. Celebrate the first day!
Even if the child is not going for the first time to school, he will wait for the school start if you plan together something nice for the first day.
6. Teach your kids to do it for themselves
Whether it's making their beds, preparing lunch boxes or washing their own hair, if they are doing it for themselves that will be one less thing for you to do. Invest some time during the back to school run-up in teaching kids to be independent.
7. Prioritise fun
In the frenetic back to school rush, it’s easy to lose sight of what our children really need from us. Your children would probably prefer that you juggled fewer tasks and more bouncy balls.
Be sure to slow down, have fun and laugh. A lot.
8. Stand up to bullying
Teach your child that being bullied in any form is not alright. Whether online or in person, tell your child to let you know of any threat.
9. Practice the route
Whether your child is walking, taking a bus or driving herself, follow the route with them to give confidence – and safety.
10. Plan B: What to do "If"
What to do if your child misses the bus. Where to go if your child is afraid on the way to school.