Put a Stop to Back to School Blues!

By Renee Castro

Another winter break is wrapping up and it’s almost time to lie out the children’s finely pressed uniforms and sit in the slew of morning traffic. Everything seems to be fine as the weekend winds down and the start of school draws near. And then, as the alarm goes off on that Monday morning, you know in your heart that getting your little ones out of bed is not going to be a walk in the park.

We have all been there.

We have even been there on any regular Monday morning, so you know exactly how they feel.

But what if there was a way… to stop those back to school blues? Imagine your child waking up on time and not whining about having to walk into school on Monday morning. It’s absolutely possible!

For starters, make sure that you start preparing your kids a few days before they get back to school. Don’t let them sleep in as late as they want to, and try to get to sleep at a reasonable time. Resetting your body’s sleep clock will be beneficial in getting up on that Monday morning. It helps to set up on Sunday night. Pack everyone’s lunches and bring out the uniforms for the following day. This will make the getting out of the house process, so much easier.

On that Monday morning, start your day off in a positive way! Enjoy a nice breakfast with the kids, and maybe play some music in the kitchen. It will wake your kids up and put you in a good mood when you listen to your favorite song. Talk to your kids at breakfast and ask them to tell you one thing that they are looking forward to in the upcoming week! It’ll sure get them excited about heading back.

Sneak a little note and extra snack in your child’s lunch box. Maybe a note that wishes them a great day and a cookie to surprise them and lift their spirits! This can put them in a better mood and makes the following days back at school a little bit easier.

If your child is against heading back to school because they want to sit in front of the TV all day, remind them that it will be there for them when they get home and once they finish their work they can watch!

It’s the little things, when they are put together, that make a difference. Preparing yourself for the week and heading in with a great attitude is sure to make it easier for both you and your children! So get out there and put an end to those back to school blues!