It's time for kids to head back to school, so here are some useful tips to help you and your family get back into the school day routine.
Set an early bedtime for a good night's sleep: Experts say enforcing an early bedtime (before 9 p.m., perhaps?) for your children will go a long way in helping them recharge for the next day or relax from the hectic day he or she may have already had. Don't forget to keep the electronics/mobile devices away before bedtime!
Wake up!: Some experts recommend setting your (or your child's) alarm clock to go off 15-30 minutes before you would normally wake up on a school day. By doing this for the first 2 weeks of school, you and your child can stay away from a frantic pace and ease your way into the morning flow.
Breakfast: Yes, it's still considered the most important meal of the day, especially for children. If you're pressed for time in the mornings, a simple bowl of cereal with some fruit can suffice until the kids hit lunchtime.
Prepare lunches the night before: Save yourself time by getting the lunches ready before bed.
Get a whiteboard: Keeping track of school events and after-school activities can be quite the chore, but getting a dry-erase whiteboard could help you better organize things for you and your family.
Ugh, homework: Set a time period after school where there are no distractions for your child to focus on nothing but the work they bring home from school. Do your best to stay close by if it looks like they'll need some help or advice.
Make time for non-school fun: If you're child doesn't take part in any after-school activities and is done with homework, carve out a few minutes for he/she to decompress. Something as simple as a walk at the park could help give your child a quick mental break from school.
Limit electronics time: Some kids, especially the older ones, can't stay away from their mobile devices, computers or tablets. Experts say an all-out ban isn't ideal, but putting a time limit (30-60 minutes?) can be a good compromise.
Quiet time: Some experts believe having a period of quiet time before bed can help kids get to sleep faster and comfortably. A set time for your child to read, draw or play with toys could help him/her decompress right before you tuck them in.