Oh the beautiful warm summer days have slowly began their retreat. Do you feel it?
Yup, it is almost time to start planing your Halloween costume... or, better yet, to get the kids ready to go back to school! Hectic mornings are about to come back into our daily lives.
But do you remember when you were a kid and how exciting the back-to-school-times were? The crisp autumn morning, the freshly ironed uniforms, the brand new backpacks, the anticipation of meeting new classmates, the teacher...
As exciting as it is, however, the transition from lazy summer days to the days full of activities can be tough. To ease it a little, I start preparing the household to get back into a routine a few weeks before school starts. This way, we are ready on the first day of school. And whenever I use these tips, the transition is much more painless ~
1. Start going to bed and get up slightly earlier every day, so that by the first day of school the bed time routine is set for at least a few days prior.
2. Start reducing the TV and video game time, while adding more structured activities like sports, or art projects, or gardening...
3. Start scheduling the activity times, the meal times, and the relaxing times to match the school day schedule.
4. Start talking about what to expect, the cool things they will learn at school, making what-do-you-want-to-do-when-you-grow-up plans, and re-connecting with classmates.
5. Go shopping together to choose the new backpack, lunchbox, or some school outfits.
Now, as to #5, it works well if you have a girl, but if you have boys, not so much. You won't be able to drag a boy to shop for backpacks and clothes very easily. My nine-year-old Alex is no exception. I mean, if I do manage to get him to come shopping with me, I won't get much done because of an annoying "how much longer?" coming out of my cutie pie's mouth every five... or three minutes. So, instead, I put together a few choices of backpacks and outfits, and show Alex to see if it's a yay or a nay - after all, he's got to like 'em.
Here are some of the outfits Alex and I put together:
As you can see, I am a minimalist, especially when it comes to kids' clothes. They grow fast and don't need to have tons of tees and pants. And since I save on quantity of items, I can pay a little extra for the quality - soft tees and comfortable and sturdy pants. All items are pretty classic because they are easier to mix and match, and to make the outfit a little more fun, I accessorize it with pops of colors.