Today starts a new school year. Yup, summer has finally ended for our little kiddo. We met his teachers last week and he was really looking forward to going back to school although he was vocal about the first day of school being awkward. He’s now in 8th grade and this is his last year in middle school. Where did the time go? It’s really hard to believe that he’s now in the 8th grade! But what can I say? Time does fly so quick!
I must admit, I was anxious about school starting and I actually woke up earlier than I used to the last two nights. We’ve been sleeping late and getting up late too during the summer, but I did make plans to make transitioning to back to school easier for us and it actually worked. So it is definitely safe to say that our first day of school wasn’t bad at all.
So here’s the back to school routine that really works for us:
Going to bed early. Kids need to have at least 8 hours of sleep. Our son needs to get up at 5:30 a.m. to catch the school bus at 6:00 a.m. So for him to have at least 8 hours of sleep, he is already in bed at 9 o’clock in the evening.
Preparing his clothes the night before. Since he only has 15 minutes to get ready, I prepare the clothes that he’s going to wear to school the night before. I used to pick the clothes myself, but now I need to ask him what he wants to wear before I lay it all out because he already has his own preferences. Sigh… the changes that comes with age.