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School started yesterday, but for the past two weeks we have been running on school time. It can take so much time for your body to get used to a new schedule and it’s important to give kids that time to adjust so they are not utterly exhausted and cranky for their first week at school. Our goal is for the kids to roll out of bed feeling well-rested and ready to start each day. So even if school hasn’t started for your kids yet, you can start taking these steps so that the back-to-school transition is a smooth one.
Pick out outfits the night before
I remember doing this with my mom, and you know what? It really helps! Spending less time deciding what to wear on the day of means you’ll have more time for breakfast, reviewing homework, chatting, and whatever else you like to do as you start the day. Nobody likes to feel rushed and this helps avoid that morning madness.
Decide on an appropriate bedtime
This summer we didn’t really have the kids stray too far from their school-year bedtime however once school starts we’d like them to ideally be in bed sleeping by around 8:30pm.
Send the kids to the bathroom a half hour before bedtime
When it’s time for bed, our kids head up to their bathroom to brush their teeth. We love the new Tom’s of Maine® Luminous White™ toothpaste. We found it during our last shopping trip to Stop & Shop so we purchased both the clean mint and spearmint. My kids have always used their silly strawberry flavor, but my oldest decided she wanted to start using mint-flavored toothpaste so this is her new favorite. Tom’s of Maine® is a trusted name in natural toothpaste for over 47 years, and we love that it is made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
After teeth brushing, we wind down by reading in bed before turning in.
Set the morning alarms
Your kids should have their own alarms in their rooms. Set their alarms as well as setting yours, and never worry about sleeping in again. If you or your children have a tendency to hit the snooze button and slip back off to dreamland in the morning, set up your alarm on the other side of the bedroom and make it as loud and obnoxious as possible. Start waking up at the same time each morning as when school starts to get your body accustomed to the new wakeup time.