Bedtime & Wake-Up Time
Wake-up time and bedtime are interrelated. The longer your child stays up at night, the longer they likely will sleep in; that’s why trying to get back on schedule should start with the evenings. Talk with your child, especially if they are still relatively new to the school experience, about the benefits of school routines and how proper rest can lead to better grades and a positive attitude about school.
For younger children, make sure you pick back up on the in-school habits that may have been broken during the summer, such as pre-bed reading and no TV time. Encouraging your child to play quiet games or have conversations with you, both at night and in the mornings, can keep your child focused and energized for school.
When is the best time for homework? Right after school? Right before bedtime?
Many experts say neither, suggesting you give your child ample time to wind down at both of these times. Help your child by setting a deadline to have homework done before dinnertime. That way they can focus on clearing their mind and getting mentally prepared for the next day after they eat. This deadline also should give a couple of hours after school to catch you up on the day or hang out with friends.
Students aren’t the only ones who will be a bit thrown off come school time. Parents also can help achieve a smooth transition by preparing dinners ahead of time. Use a chunk of your weekend to prepare casseroles or soups that can be easily reheated for meal options during the week. This strategy will be especially useful during the first few weeks of school, when tensions are higher and your new schedule seems tough to keep.