Getting into the school schedule rhythm can be a little overwhelming slash stressful in the beginning. And of some of us, maybe just all year. ESPECIALLY for the new little students starting kindergarten. Or even Transitional Kindergarten for those of you who are starting there. The only tips I can offer and share with you is what seems to work for us. Some of these kids are not used to being separated for such long periods of time and others may have attended preschool a few days a week with a more free play style program. So beginning school for them… and you as their parent can be a little scary and overwhelming.
Let them Relax after School
My oldest, Sienna just started kindergarten but went to TK last year and the schedule has been exactly the same. 8:30 to 1:30. One big thing I’ve learned is to give her space after school. They will probably always be excited to see you when you are there to pick them up but don’t always expect too much conversation. Now, every kid is different and some may be more talkative right away, ready to tell you every detail, so this may not apply to them. But as a whole they just experienced about 6 hours of exhausting brain activity from playing, listening, thinking, concentrating, and studying. It’s good to give them a peaceful break from a long conversation. We usually revisit the school day talk when she has had a “pick me up” snack later in the afternoon or at dinner. Let them do something therapeutic that they enjoy and doesn’t take too much effort. If that means the iPad or the kindle or some good ol fashion tv for a little while then by all means. I support it. If we end up poopin around on our kindles for while, I try to get us back up and moving afterwards. Playing outside is usually the answer for us. They can be as loud and crazy as they want. Just remember, what may be relaxing for my child might be different for yours because we are not all the same. Which is what makes life, friends, and relationships so grand right?
Make or Bake Together
After they have relaxed for a bit after school we like to do something constructive if they don’t have any activities up that day. One thing we like do is make smoothies or popsicles together. Plus knowing we are making something nutritiously healthy in the afternoon as opposed to something too sweet that might make them moody before dinner is a plus. They get to pick out all the fruit and we usually add a little spinach, green vegetable juice, a little protein powder, and chia seeds. They get to dump it all in the vitamix and stir it all up. My kids will eat popsicles all year long so sometimes we pour them into the popsicle tray and wait until after dinner.
Essential Oils Time
I am not here to preach essential oils but if you have been intrigued by them or slightly interested at all, I highly recommend it. If you are unsure where to start, let me suggest two DoTerra oils that I use ALL the time during the school year. One is lavender. Oh my word lavender. One of the best. It’s a calming and soothing oil that reduces anxiety and helps your body to relax. Perfect for catching some zee’s. You can put a few drops in the bath before bed or on their pillow, or the bottom of their feet. I also like to diffuse it when we’re reading books before bed. Many different ways to use it when you want some tranquility in the house after dinner. The second is a blended oil called On Guard made up of wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary leaf. It’s a protective oil made to support your immune system by fighting off environmental and seasonal threats. Perfect for shielding your kids from any of those sicky germs they might pick up at school. Diffuse it at home or rub it on their feet before they leave in the morning. Another thought is using it as a natural hand sanitizer by adding a few drops to some coconut oil and rubbing it into your hands. This is not an ad, just something that my family loves and works for us so I wanted to share with you.
Bed Time Routine
I’m sure this isn’t a new idea or concept to you but again, I am just suggesting what works for us. When summer rolls around we stay up a little later some days and wake up a little later and it’s fine right? But about a week before school starts we try to get back on our regular routine again so they can get used to waking up early again. Or should I say so I can get used to waking up early again. We always to try to leave enough time to read for 15 minutes after they get dressed, teeth brushed, and prayers. Sienna always picks out her outfit for school the night before so in the morning she can get dressed without any thought then meet me in the kitchen for breakfast. Always factor in one last potty break and “good nights.” Which somehow always takes longer and longer because they always want to “sing one more song,” or “ask one more question,” or play the I Love You More Than “fill in the blank” game. Again you pick a time that works with your families schedule because it is different for all of us but when you do, stick to it. Bedtime consistency is good for kids. They might still complain or drag it out but I’ve always noticed they fall asleep much faster if its the same time every night because their bodies are set to that internal clock. So like it or not…they are going to get tired. Then as soon as they fall asleep I already miss them. Happens every time.
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