The days are getting longer and the nights are getting cooler. That can only mean one thing, the summer is coming to an end and it’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school.
Tips for Transitioning the Kids Back-to-School
- Re-establish bedtime routine. If you aren’t already doing so, re-implement a bedtime routine for your child. This is especially important if over the summer they were allowed to stay up late and sleep in. Children need at least eight hours of sleep daily to function optimally. Transition slowly – adjust bedtime by 15 min earlier every few days. Establishing a bed time routine before your child goes back to school will help them tremendously with waking up early in the morning for school.
- Be enthusiastic. Children are always watching us. Even if you are dreading your kids going back to school as much as they are, don’t let it show. Try to build their excitement by getting them to focus on the positive aspects of going back to school. Maybe they have a favorite teacher they miss or a friend they haven’t seen all summer. Whatever it is, remind your child that going back to school is not all bad.
- Buy school supplies early. To avoid the rush of back to school shoppers and stores running out of supplies your child needs, do your back to school shopping as early as possible. Many stores start running their back to school sales as early as July. This also helps children to become excited about going back-to-school.
- Get back to healthy eating. If your family is like mine, your household inventory of potato chips and cookies skyrockets during the summer. The arrival of fall is a perfect time to teach your kids that family-focused healthy eating can be fun too. Start swapping out the unhealthy treats for healthy ones. Be prepared with healthy snacks and meals when things get hectic, such as in the morning before school, when kids come home from school, and before dinner.
- Schedule doctor’s appointments during the summer. Schedule your child’s annual physical, dental and optometry appointments in the weeks before they go back to school. This way you can address any developmental concerns you have. This will also eliminate the need for kids to miss school because of doctor’s appointments.
While school is an important part of preparing children for their futures, you’d be surprised how many of their favourite shows and movies also touch on important lessons that can’t be taught inside the classroom and give them confidence to be their best selves. Netflix has three new original series that have debuted for kids this month that will sure to become favourites:
Project Mc2 features four supercool fierce teen spies who show how girls can use science smarts and math problem-solving to save the world – and look cool doing it, without sacrificing their individuality. Total #SmartGirl inspo. My oldest daughter, Sierra (age 10) absolutely LOVES this new show.
Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland Good? Evil? Your actions, behaviours and friends are your choice! The offspring of favourite fairytale characters in Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland show kids that their stories are their own to write – this time at Wonderland High! This show really resonated with my middle daughter, Brooke (age 8).
DinoTrux has more than meets the tire, er, eye – these prehistoric hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles team-up to work together using their different skills to solve problems. Even the most uncommon of pairs, like Ty-Rux and Revvit, form friendships of a lifetime. The show premiered on Aug. 14, only on Netflix. My youngest daughter, Amber (age 4) REALLY enjoys this show.
How will you be preparing your kids for back-to-school?
What are your kids favourite Netflix shows?
Disclosure: I am a Netflix #StreamTeam member and have been compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own.