As the school gates draw open, a collective sigh of relief can be felt across the nation’s parents. All of whom are more than ready to reinstate a back to school routine and regain a sense of normality. Not to mention, some breathing space and time to actually drink a whole cup of tea.
But the same thing always happens every year, doesn’t it? We’ve all read the textbook version of getting kids back into a routine for school. Go back to their regular bedtime and start getting them up earlier, the experts say. Practise getting everyone out the door by 8am. Of course, you nod. Get them reading to you every day. Mmmm. For some reason, implementing a back-to-school routine is far easier said than done.
One of the hardest things is getting kids into the evening routine. And it’s fair to say that there’s resistance from both sides. How many children want to go to bed earlier when they’ve been allowed to stay up all summer? Let’s just say that nothing ever goes as smoothly in real life. Unless you’re the most incredibly disciplined parent with exceptionally compliant children that is!
Fortunately, it only takes a few days to re-establish routines as long as you’re consistent with them. Even if you haven’t started yet, read on to find out how you can get that all-important evening routine back in place.