It might be a little too soon to think about the kids returning to school after the summer holidays (especially for your little ones); however, a bit of preparation can go a long way. Ensuring that you’re all set for what the new school year and term time may bring, will help your kids (and the rest of your family) to settle into their routine and stay as happy, active, and as healthy as possible. The following are some tips and tricks that you can start thinking about now, so that back to school will go as smoothly and as stress-free as possible, for both kids and grown-ups.
Start The Routine Now
The sooner you get back into a decent meal and sleeping routine; the easier it will be for little bodies to adjust to getting up for school with a spring in their step. Of course, the summer holidays are for treats and staying up late; but, try and reduce the number of late nights and midnight snacks towards the end of their free time, so that you’re back into great habits for term time.
Meals are another thing that can affect how a child feels and functions; getting them up as early as they would get up for school, and feeding them a balanced breakfast will help their body to adjust to early mornings once again. The summer is about getting outside and enjoying the warm (sometimes) weather, so you can use these days to your advantage and encourage your kids to an early start, plenty of activities in the day, and an early night in the evening. They’ll be worn out from the physical exercise and won’t be restless at bedtime, unlike if they’ve been sitting watching T.V all day.
Prepare For The Worst; But Hope For The Best
Start cutting back on the ice creams and begin filling your kids up on vitamin-packed meals and nourishing their developing immune systems. Schools are breeding grounds for germs, and as the cooler weather begins to set in; infections and viruses will spread quickly. Ensuring that you little ones have plenty of fresh fruit and veg each day will fill them with antioxidants and germ fighting vitamins and minerals, so they can put up a strong fight against and colds and sniffles that are passed around in the playground.
You can prepare for the worst by downloading an app on your phone that will ensure you’ll always have a GP at hand to speak to on those sick days when it’s too difficult to travel to your local doctors, or you simply can’t get an appointment. Knowing that you have access to healthcare and medical advice in the palm of your hand should give you some peace of mind throughout the school year. Anything you put in place during the summer holidays, to ease the back to school transition will help to ensure that the whole family has a happy and successful start to the school year, and September will run as smoothly as possible.