Summertime is fun time, and getting back into the grind of the school year can be tough on parents and kids alike. From ditching midnight bedtimes to being more structured with your time, it can be difficult to pop back into the swing of things. Here are a few tips that can help make this transition easier on the whole family and get you all the best possible start on your new school year.

No More Midnights

With pool parties, cookouts, late-night movies and sleepovers, it’s really easy to get into the habit of everyone going to bed later and later, and sleeping later in the morning as well! It takes more than a week to reset your sleep schedules, so make sure you ease your family into an earlier wake time. You’ll be glad you did when your kids (and you!) start waking up happier and more refreshed even when you have to crawl out of your comfy bed at an early hour.

Plan Family Time

With the new school year comes the addition of a large range of activities to your schedule — football and cheer practice, band, dance and chess club … the list goes on. Even if your child isn’t as over-scheduled as most children are these days, it’s likely that they will have an hour or more of homework every night. Look at your weekly schedule and plan ahead time that you can be together as a family and get your kids involved in selecting the time and activities. A family game night is a great way to reconnect and have fun together in a short period of time that could fit in most schedules at least once a week.

Do Homework Together

Homework doesn’t have to be a negative time with the kids in one room and parents in the other. Save your paperwork and do “adult homework” like paying bills or going through the mail while your kids are doing homework so they can see that setting aside time for work first is a good thing to learn even when they’re young.

Check Their Closets

Back to school also means back to the store for new clothes to replace all those that were outgrown over the summer. Pack up outgrown clothes for younger siblings, consignment or donations to make room for some that fit. Just get the basics and leave room because Christmas gifts will be here before you know it!

Skip the Junk Food

It’s really easy to get in the habit of skipping meals like breakfast or eating fast food or something easy during the summer. Fall and school bring back a little structure to more than your sleeping schedule! Good nutrition helps families get the nutrients needed for learning and growth. Say goodbye to the junk food drawer and only share snacks that are healthy for the mind and body.

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