Depending on what age your kids are, it can be tough to encourage a winning attitude and remind them of the fun that the school year brings. More often than not, children may have a difficult time re-adjusting to the fact that summer is over. However, this does not mean that you should not try. Here are a few effective ways to help your kids bid goodbye to late nights and say hello to homework:
- Slowly but surely, change their routines. If your children have been allowed to stay up late all throughout the summer, make the appropriate changes and start adjusting their bedtime by an hour earlier until they begin to get accustomed to the change. You can also do a trial run and estimate how much time they will need to get ready in order to make it to school on time.
- Get your kids excited. Encourage the right attitude in your children towards school by reminding of everything they have to look forward to such as hanging out with their friends, engaging in extracurricular activities, field trips, and the like. You can also talk to them about their fears and anxieties, if any.
- Go shopping for school supplies. Make this a fun endeavour for your children and allow them to choose the bags, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, and other things that they want and need for school. This will give them a strong sense of autonomy and self-confidence about themselves.
- Decide on the menu. Sit down with your kids and ask them whether they would like to pack their lunches or to buy lunch from the school cafeteria. You can also plan the food items and menus for the following weeks. This way you can go shopping in advance for the snacks that they want.
- Create a learning-conducive environment. It will be hard to adopt a gung-ho attitude about school if your home is a mess and everything is cluttered. Schedule a clean-up day with the kids or if you do not have the time or patience to do so, hire a cleaning service to help you out.