You can sense it. Summer is winding down. Soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll be hitting the Back-to-School sales for new clothes, packs of pencils, folders in various colors, and even braces. But while these preparations are necessary, here are some tips for REALLY preparing the family for a smooth start to the new school year.
1. Sleep Schedule: Now is the time to encourage your school-age children to go to bed a little earlier and wake up a little earlier. If your kids have been on a summer sleep schedule, this simple change will make those first couple weeks of school so much easier. Planning fun morning activities or making extra yummy breakfasts can make this transition easier for everyone.
2. Family Schedule: The start of school means everybody is going to be heading in a million directions. If you don’t have one already, post a calendar so the family can keep track of everything. Besides practices and activities, encourage your students to write large assignments on the calendar as well. Choose a night to gather as a family to write down the week’s events, so everyone is on the same page…literally!
3. Routine: Routines are one of the most powerful and underrated tools for helping a family run smoothly. Schedules deal with exact times (Wake up: 615am); routines deal with expectations of how time will be spent daily. (Shower, Get Dressed, Make Bed, Eat Breakfast). Decide now what you want your days to look like. What will the kids do when they walk in the door after school? When and where will they do their homework? What chores will they do, and what rewards will be offered for completing them. Involve the whole family in the planning. Having clear expectations will help everything run like clockwork. Remember that establishing a good routine takes planning and diligence (Don’t give into the temptation to let it slide!), but once you have a good one down, you’ll be amazed at how much your family is accomplishing with minimal drama.
At Dansie Orthodontics in Herriman, UT, our orthodontics teams will work with you to ensure that your braces and orthodontics are ready for back-to-school success. If you are looking to start your treatment, schedule your no-obligation smile consultation today!
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Herriman, Utah orthodontics office would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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