Last week we unveiled a list of seven back to school tips for college students but now that college move in day 2016 has come and gone, it’s time to shift our focus to the younger generation.
Prepping your teenager to go away for school may seem stressful but nothing can compare to the onset anxiety of your toddlers first day of school. You’ve downloaded their back to school checklist, taken a tour of their new classroom, met the teacher but you can’t shake the little voice in your head telling you you’re forgetting something important.
To make it simple, we’re breaking it down into five easy back to school tips to ensure you and your little one are ready and out the door in time for their first day.
In a perfect world, your kids (and you!) would go to bed and wake up at the same time year-round. Why? Because it’s better for you. But if you’re like us, that world doesn’t exist. If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time so start putting your kids to bed earlier and setting a reasonable wake up time so they can adjust to a routine. By the time the first day comes around, you should have a realistic alarm set that gives you and your little ones enough time to get ready and out the door with plenty of time to get to school.
Simply put, If you have to be out the door by 7:45, set a wake up time between 7:00-7:15 based on how long it typically takes you to get the little ones up and ready (not to mention, taking a few minutes for yourself).
Anything you can do the night before to make your morning go a little smoother is probably a good idea. If you empower your children to pick their own outfits, make choosing one a nightly activity. You’ll thank yourself when you’re not battling a five-year-old to convince her that a parka is not a good idea when its 80 degrees out.
The night before is also a good time to pack their lunch boxes and make sure their backpacks are ready to go with notebooks, pens and anything the school may have asked them to bring. Have your little ones help by putting their shoes by the front door so finding them in the morning is a breeze.
You probably have your own routine nailed down like a well-oiled machine but come the first day, the last thing you need is for you and your S.O. to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off. In advance, delegate the responsibilities so that you know you’ve covered all bases. While one of you is helping the kids get dressed and making sure teeth are brushed, the other can work on breakfast and putting lunch in their school bags.
Speaking of breakfast, while we’d hate for you to miss out on any opportunity to impress the family with your award winning crepes, now is probably not the best time to do so. Save the elaborate meals for the weekend and ensure your kids are getting all their necessary nutrients with a combination of fresh fruit, lean protein and whole grains. By picking an easy meal for kids like egg and cheese on an English muffin with a banana, your kids will feel satiated through lunch (and if you’re in a pinch, they can eat these in the car!).
Just because it’s the first day of school doesn’t mean you should ditch your own routine. Though the morning is not probably the best time to spend an hour blowing out and straightening your hair, you should continue follow an easy version of your normal routine. Instead of breaking out all the styling tools, try an easy top knot before cleansing, toning, and moisturizing as you normally would. Or if you’re completely strapped for time, try Micellar Water which duals easily as a cleanser and toner. Do double duty by throwing in some whitening strips while you help the kids get ready so that when it’s time to go all you have to do is pull them out.
At the end of the day, there may be a few hiccups but as long as you have all of these bases covered, you and your little loved one should be able to safely make it out the door for a successful first day. Plus, you get to breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’re not creating messes at home all day long. Now there’s something to cheer about.