Summer has come and gone and school days are finally here. Whether you are jumping for joy with the thought of routines and consistency, or are mourning the passing of lazy summer days, these first few weeks are an adjustment for everyone. Here are a few tips to help your family transition as smoothly as possible!
3 Tips for Transitioning Back to School
1) Simplify meals
If meal planning is not your forte, this one’s for you. Sit down one evening and make a list of about 10 easy meals and the ingredients needed to make them. Print out the list and keep it in your kitchen. By having a list of meals (ingredients included) to pull from each week, you can come back from the grocery store with at least 2-3 meals for the week. You don’t have to be creative (unless you want) and keep them simple, this way you are more likely to make them when you get home after a long day of work.
2) Simplify your schedule
The first few weeks back are an adjustment for everyone. The kids are having to wake up and get out the door earlier than normal, parents are having to make sure lunches are packed and homework is done and papers are signed – there is a lot to remember, and it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. Limit the extra curricular activities you have going on to keep those first few weeks as open as possible. You and your children will need extra time to process all of the changes going on, so having the flexibility to grab some ice cream after school or go for a family walk in the evening can help with that.
3) Simplify your routine
Think about the things that add to the stress of the day – scrambling for shoes, searching all over for the keys, rushing to pack the lunches – and figure out what you can change to make things go more smoothly. This might mean setting out clothes and shoes, packing lunches the night before, and hanging the keys up on a hook by the door. It might take a few days to form a new routine, but it will be worth it! By eliminating some of the chaos you can control it will give you more breathing room to handle other things that come your way unexpectedly!
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Author: Julie Hotalen, Graduate Student Intern in Total Life Counseling Centers Orlando and Clermont locations and works with children, teens, families and is trained to use the Gottman method with couples! Give us a call at 407-248-0030 for more information.
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