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A new year begins, vacation is over, and it’s time to go back to the routine. Waking up early, going to school or kindergarten, coming back home, doing homework, eating well and going to bed at a reasonable hour are some of the activities that a kid might find distant after one or two months of vacations.
That’s why our kids find it so difficult to get used to the routine again. Our job as parents is setting up a schedule to help them through the process that provides them with the time and space so our kids can be consistent, and start making some activities part of their habits. We need to be flexible in order to make this part of the task a little less traumatic for our children.
Here are 5 ideas that can help your family to face the routine and go back to everyday activities after vacation is over, getting the best out of them:
If we talk to them, kids really do understand: You can start telling them that school is about to start, and you need to get back to work as vacations are coming to an end. Let them know that the body needs to rest at least 8 or 9 hours. Also, talk about how it’s good for their health to eat well since they had plenty of sugar and a flexible diet during the holidays.
A visible chores board: Make a chart or board that’ll allow your kids to see the main activities for the day. You can divide them into periods of time. Some activities for the first part of the morning, afternoon, and so on. That way, our children will understand that before going to school they need to wake up, have their breakfast, take a bath, getting dressed, etc. When they get home in the afternoon, kids must have their snacks, play for a while, do their homework, set the table for dinner, put the dirty clothes in the hamper, brush their teeth, and get ready for bed. Ideally, this chart should be made by you and your kids in a way that they comprehend the tasks in it. When they see the board, kid’s will know exactly what to do.
Suitable spaces: Get the most out of the energy that is usually in the air during this well-deserved vacation and start organizing the different areas around the house in a way that your kids know what each place is good for. Try putting their clothes in the closet not too high for them so they can reach them without a problem. Find a table where there’s good light and you can put all the school supplies they need for doing homework. Keep this up with every space available in the house and tools your kids will be needing every day until they can keep the pace with the routine.
Flexible hours: For example; if your kids went to bed past 10 for two months on their vacations, you can’t expect them to be in bed by 7:00 p.m. right during the first week of school. Neither their body nor their mind is prepared for that. You can be flexible with bedtime hours during the first week and try to get them in bed 30 minutes earlier the following days.
Be cool: Almost every grown-up is more than ready to get back to the routine. Kids, on the other hand, can practically live on vacations. So, be patient! There’s no reason to get mad, but many to keep your mind set and focused in order to get your kids used to the everyday activities.
And last but not least, the key to success in the parenting world; you’re the grown up in charge. You are the only one who knows what’s important for your kids. Nobody knows your kids better than you. So focus and enjoy the trip. We hope you have a happy way back to the family routines now that vacation is over.