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Preventing Back-to-School Blues

840874_calendarMy kids are young enough that they’re actually excited about going back to school  What they aren’t excited about is their bedtime, which has been scaled back from “whenever” to 8 p.m.  “It’s still light out!” they complain.

According to a piece at MSNBC, I should explain to them that they don’t “have” to go to bed, they “get” to go to bed.  I’ll let you know how that works out for me.

But, really, the advice is on the right track.  Helping kids reset their body clocks now might not make them bounce out of bed the first time you nudge them awake at 6:30 a.m.  But there might be less crying and gnashing of teeth — on their part and yours.

Here are some more tips from MSNBC for getting your kids ready for summer’s end and their new school routine:

  • Encourage an early bedtime by making evenings low key.  If everyone else is having fun, they’re going to feel like they’re missing out.
  • Not sure how much sleep your child should be getting?  Everyone is different, but here are some general sleep guidelines.
  • Plan ahead for some rough mornings.  Give kids an incentive — some extra computer time, for instance — to get out of bed those first few mornings.
  • Don’t put pressure on kids to fall asleep.  Instead, create a quiet, dark, calm environment for them to rest and sleep will come.

Read the full article for more back-to-school tips like how to set up a workspace and helping kids who don’t want summer to end.  This year, we’re going to create a little excitement by adopting Stephanie Nielson’s tradition of a back-to-school feast.  How do you get your kids ready for back-to-school?

Photo: Geri-Jean Blanchard, sxc.hu

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