Guest Post by Jenna Sherman of Parent-Leaders.com
Summer is coming to an end, which can only mean one thing for busy parents: kids are heading back to school. And, despite the ongoing pandemic, many youngsters are heading to childcare or preschool for the first time ever! Although it’s still summer, the new year will be here before you know it! So, if you want to ensure your children have a successful school year, and that you have a lot less stress getting them ready for it, you need to put these resources to good use.
Start by Organizing and Cleaning Up Your Home
A healthy and productive experience with a low-stress home. So before the new year begins, make sure you take these steps to improve the health of your home:
Clutter can make your family feel stressed so take some time to organize and tidy up.
To ensure even less stress this year, also consider setting up a family command center.
Once you’re finished organizing, you should spend some time deep cleaning your home.
Eliminating germs is crucial for keeping your kids from getting sick before school starts.
You can make your own cleaners to take care of germs and limit exposure to toxins.
Finally, work on tidying up and improving your bedrooms for even better sleep.
Next, Work on Adjusting Your Family’s Routine
Now that your home is tidy and organized it’s time to get to work on your family’s daily and nightly routines. Start with these adjustments to get everyone ready for back-to-school.
A good morning can set the tone for the rest of your family’s day so start here.
Of course, a good morning can start with a good night’s sleep for you and your family.
Once you have solid morning and night routines, you can work on a daily schedule.
Establishing a routine can be even more crucial for learning at home due to COVID-19.
You can also keep yourself productive while working from home while homeschooling.
Last but not least, make sure you leave some free time to help your family decompress.
Now, Review COVID-19 Guidelines with Your Family
Depending on your location, your children may be returning to an actual classroom this fall, which makes it even more important to go over these coronavirus essentials.
Social-distancing is still the best way to prevent infection, so make sure your children understand this and that their school will have proper precautions in place.
Next to social-distancing, wearing a mask can also slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19, so get your kids used to wearing them for an extended period of time.
Proper handwashing is also important, so you should also review this with your kids.
You can also send your kids to school with hand sanitizer to help keep them safe.
Easing your kids’ anxiety around COVID-19 is also crucial for their well-being.
Transitioning your kids back into their school routine doesn’t have to be chaotic, even with additional COVID-19 concerns and guidelines. You just need to start now by preparing your family for the months ahead and getting everyone back to a consistent schedule. Then, you won’t have to worry about all of that extra stress when it’s time to get your kids learning again!