Have you just come back from a relaxing vacation and feel like all heck has broken loose in your house? It can be really hard for everyone to readjust to daycare, school, and work schedules. Still, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips to help you and your family readjust after vacation.
How To Help Your Family Readjust After Vacation
The Night Before
Let them pick out their clothes the night before-Let kids pick out their clothes the night before. This way there will be no fights the next morning. Make sure shoes are in plain site too.
Make sure they eat dinner– After being on the road for so long, everyone is exhausted. Still, it is important that everyone eats dinner. This will help your bodies replenish for the next day.
Put them to bed on time-Chances are everyone was up way later than usual during your vacation. Make sure everyone gets to bed on time, if not earlier.
Pack lunches the night before-Pack the kids lunches the night before and make it as easy on yourself as possible. If this is the one time you pack them a Lunchible or something else a little less healthy, so be it. Since we are in the times of either virtual or in school learning, getting lunch ahead of time will be super helpful.
Make sure all school supplies are in order-Take a minute to make sure all your child’s school supplies (pencils, markers, calculators, notebooks, textbooks,etc) are in their backpacks. Even if they are learning virtually, this will help keep everything in organized.
Wake them up a little earlier-Sure, this sounds counterproductive. Early risers usually equal crankiness. However, if you get them up a little earlier, it won’t be a mad dash to get out the door. This way your kids can take their time waking up and you will still have enough time to get out the door and/or get them settled for virtual learning or in-person school.
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Make sure they eat breakfast-Have a few things on hand that are easy to make like instant oatmeal, frozen waffles, or frozen breakfast bowls.
Take a little extra time during drop off-Plan to spend a little extra time during drop off with your child. Remind them that you will be back to get them just like always so they feel secure. This also goes for if you are leaving your kids with a sitter (in order for them to go to school virtually) while you go to work.
Check for notes or emails from your child’s teacher-Do they need anything special for the next day? Do they need to bring a book or movie for a special day? Do they need something special for an art project? Are they struggling or excelling? In our world of virtual learning, this is even more important.
Put things by the door-If your children are going to school, make sure all backpacks and shoes are by the door the night before.
Set the table and put out breakfast items-If you have time in the morning to sit down and eat breakfast, set the table and put out breakfast items like cereal, fruit or microwavable oatmeal cups. If not, set out breakfast items to just grab and go.
Where is your stuff?-As the adult, make sure all your things are in order including your laptop, important papers, car keys and yes, shoes. Make sure those pumps match and are ready to go.
Set the coffee maker-Program your coffee maker the night before to brew as many cups as you’ll need in the morning.
The Next Morning
Wake up and relax. Just imagine being able to spend a few extra leisurely minutes in bed because your morning is organized. Everything is in its place and more or less ready to go. In using the suggestions above, you’ll be ready for back to school and know how to keep your mornings calm and cool.