Before we even begin this post, let us have a moment of silence for the end of summer. No more staying up late catching fireflies, no more sleeping in and then heading to the beach, no more flying by the seat of our pants as I do with my kids all summer long.
It is time to start setting alarms, managing time (or at least being better about it!) and creating some awesome routines that are going to make life this school year freaking amazing.
In the near future I will start having my mob get used to their normal, earlier bedtime and start getting in the habit of waking up at a time they would for school.
That seems like a pretty standard "get ready for back to school" routine, right?
But there are other super simple strategies that anyone can start using now. These healthy habits will flow right into the new school year with ease and help make sure that our kids have a well organized and positive start to the school year.
Check them out and see which strategies will work for you and your kiddos!
1. Lay out clothes the night before.
Whether you pick out your children's clothes or if they do it for themselves, choosing outfits the night before eliminates rushing and stressful decision making first thing in the morning. As a mom, I see this as having one less thing to be watching over in the morning. When the kids wake up and already know what they are wearing there is less chance of arguing over outfit choices or being consulted a dozen times about what matches what. You and the kids can start the day feeling calm and in control and you can stay focused on the rest of your tasks at hand! (Like cooking a healthy breakfast!)
2. Set the table the night before.
Again, it doesn't much matter if you set the table or if the kids do this for themselves but here is another task you can check off the night before when time is more available. You will be glad to not have to do this in the morning when time can be more limited. Like strategy #1 you eliminate an extra task and can begin the day in a stress-free way. Also, if the kids are setting the table it promotes responsibility and time management! (Bonus!)
3. Replace late night tech time with reading
Studies have shown that late night tech time can interfere with sleep quality, how quickly children and adults fall asleep and result in daytime sleepiness. No thanks!
Time spent at night with computers, cell phones, tablets and other devices can negatively impact daytime performance for us and our children. We can make a positive difference in the quality and quantity of sleep by setting limits to late night tech time. Having a tech-free cut-off time for both CHILDREN AND ADULTS (Yes, mom and dad, you guys too!) is a healthy idea. Replace what used to be time in front of a laptop, tablet or TV with reading or even experiment with journaling, nighttime yoga or whatever works for you. Try different things and see what fits best with your family!
If you are looking for ways to give your kids a solid, healthy start to the school year these ideas are a great place to start! These nighttime routines will set you up for a smooth morning so you and your kids can have an awesome day and school year!
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Michelle Obermeier is a busy mom of three as well as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and owner of Real Moms, Real Health. She studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to giving workshops and lectures, she works with busy moms to lose weight, have more energy and implement a healthier lifestyle in their household by giving them new tools and lots of support to reach their goals. To learn more about her programs, here on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.