Summer has come and gone, and it’s a brand new school year! Do you think that you’ve successfully packed, primped and prepped your kiddos to start out their new school term right! If not then take a look at these 3 important tips that probably should be at the top of your checklist for achieving this success for the next school term.
1. Preparing the Kiddos for
the New Routine
One of the toughest adjustments to make when returning from countless weeks off from school and strict schedules, is how to manage our time well so that we can accomplish all that we need to. As parents, much of the responsibility of helping your children prepare for the routine of school again falls upon you.
Summer days tend to be very carefree and easy-going; however, when school is in session things need to be a bit more structured, as I am sure you know all too well. Little efforts such as:
~ Having your children with you when shopping for school uniforms supplies can prove helpful in beginning to condition their minds for a new term.
~ Shopping for groceries to make lunch or snacks for them can also help rewire their minds to “work” instead of “play.”
~ Progressively talking with them about school beginning again can also ease some potential anxieties or worries they may have. Depending on their age, these anxieties and worries will differ, but each is important and valid to address.
~ Finally, reestablishing some structure into their routine bit by bit is also helpful so that it does not catch them by surprise and make the adjustment more difficult than it needs to be.
2. Manage Time Effectively
I am not currently a parent; however, I empathize with how challenging it can be to manage time and responsibility effectively when it seems like much is going on. Time management will vary from family to family, especially depending on the number of children in each household.
One of the things that may prove helpful would be
to make a calendar schedule and write down everything that needs to be done that day, that week and/or the entire month if possible. When we write our schedules down it helps put some order to what we nee
d to do, and it also decreases our anxiety about all our schedules involve.
Determine what your priorities are as parents and as a family. Sometimes we want to do things that may not necessarily be important or feasible at the time; summertime is usually when we can more afford this luxury in scheduling; but with the combined busyness of school and work, sometimes sacrifices have to be made, and that is okay . It pays off in the end!
3. Whatever You Do, Don’t Make A Habit of Procrastinating
My final tip is to guard against procrastination! It is so easy for us to do, especially when transitioning from a long summer off, but it can be a dangerous hole to fall into. When we procrastinate we end up doing important things at the last minute, we may forget important things that need to be done, and it tends to provoke more worry than peace of mind with most people.
If there are things that need to be done, try to write out a to-do list for the day and knock off as much as you can. Try ranking them in order of importance or priority so you know exactly where everything falls, or if you feel overwhelmed.
Don’t get discouraged if everything on your list is not covered at one time; just try your best to do what you can, and be proactive.
The schedule also helps keep you on track with all you need to do as it adds structure to your day and helps to keep you accountable. You’ll feel much better about crossing things off your list than panicking trying to accomplish 10 things in an hour.
I hope these 3 tips help in some way to get your future back to school readiness together and try to make it an enjoyable time when repping for new seasons of life with family!
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Kathilia Edghill Staff Blogger
Kathilia Edghill is a creative soul from the island of Barbados with a big heart for God, for her family and for others. She has a deep love for others which led her to pursue and attain her Master’s degree in Counselling in Denver, Colorado to become a Licensed Professional Counsellor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Additionally, she also has a passion and desire to be a missionary. Along with this, she is also a beach lover, writer, blogger, dancer, singer and poet. She finds joy in ministry, a large part of which is pouring into the lives of others and ultimately honouring God.