With another school year in full swing, the transition from months of laid-back summer fun to busy work and school schedules can be a source of stress for any family. However, a solid routine that helps everyone kick off each day on the right foot and get more done can play a large part in reducing that stress or eliminating it entirely. Here are a few things that both parents and children can do to create their own fail-proof routine for the new school year.
Start the day off right
Set some structure to each morning by clearly communicating what needs to get done and by when. This will likely include picking out the day’s outfit, packing your bag, making lunch and – most importantly – eating breakfast. Leave nothing to surprise so that everyone is fully aware and prepared to get up and out of the house with ease.
Prep meals in advance
When it comes to meals, save both time and energy by thinking of ways to prepare meals in advance. Use mason jars or freezer bags to separate and store individual-size portions for an entire week, which the entire family can then take as their lunch each day. Choose meals that are easy to work with, like oatmeal, salads, and soups.
Choose extra-curricular activities thoughtfully
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering which clubs, groups, and activities your child should be involved with this school year. Having busy and conflicting schedules can cause both parents and children more stress than its worth. Instead, think about the time commitment needed for each activity, the expenses that may be associated, and how well the activity will fit into the overall family schedule.
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Unplug for a little while each day
Figuring out ways to use time more wisely and effectively is a big part of creating a successful routine for both parents and children. That means deciding when and when not to be on social media, which can often consume a significant amount of each day. Pick a period of time during the day when the family can ‘unplug’— which means no Facebook, no email, and no browsing the internet. Instead, use those moments to go for a walk, spend time with family, or catch up on some much needed sleep. You’ll be surprised by how that time offline makes a difference in your day.
What are the essential parts of your family’s daily routine? Tell us in the comments.
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