It’s that time of year parents!! Summer is coming close to an end and schools across the country are starting to open their doors and welcome our little ones back in. What does that mean for us? It means that it’s a transition period in many of our homes. We have to not only start transitioning our little ones, but ourselves as well. Our households as a whole have become very laid back in many ways over the summer and it’s time to get everyone back into the swing of things and ready to have a great school year. In this blog, I have provided a few things that we can all start doing to get back on the right track.
Well, first thing first! If you live in a state like mine (Maryland), and your governor has pushed back the start of school until after Labor Day this year, you are in luck! That means you have a little extra time to get one last trip in!! Yay!! Go ahead and plan one last fun adventure for the kids and you. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something fun, maybe a trip to a local beach, the zoo, or amusement park.
It’s time to chase those sales. Of course none of those jeans from last year zip and all of the shirts are a little tighter than they were before. It is time to hit the stores. Check all the sales out and make a list of what you absolutely need. Go through what you have and determine what they can fit and can’t fit and if you can donate your children’s too small clothes to kids in need that’s always a great deed! Determine when your state does tax free week and try to get some of their school supplies and shopping completed then. Savings is always the key.
Bed Time Blues
Naturally during the summer months, our kids gradually slide away from their set bedtimes. As the summer goes on, bedtimes get later and later. A week or two before school starts is the best time to get your kids back on schedule. It is the time to start limiting screen time and enforcing the bed time now, to avoid the before school struggles.
Dinner and Schedule Planning
This one is for us! If you are a Mom like me, the summer is a small break for you too; during the summer months my meals become lighter along with the schedules. Most sports and other extracurricular activities stop or at least aren’t as frequent in the summer and we get use to a more laid back schedule. With the end of summer approaching and the start of school, many of us parents are saying hello to those busy schedules again. Moms, be sure to get out your daily planners and start utilizing in home message boards. Also, be ready for PTA meetings, school plays, play dates and all the after school events.
Yep, Summer is coming to an end, but no worries, it will be back: NEXT YEAR
-Kristina (Kristopher’s Mom)