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Now is the time to prepare for the transition back to school. As parents, there is so much that we can do to make that transition easier for the whole family. There are many wonderful resources to help you find the best backpack and prepare for that first day, and today I want to share a few tips for staying close when schedules start to take family members in different directions.
Draft a rhythm. First, think about what you need to pull off to get everyone out of the door on time. What can happen the night before to take the pressure off in the mornings? And, where can you build in some family time in the midst of getting ready for the day?
- Family Pig Pile- everyone can pile into your bed to say good morning and talk about what's coming up.
- Breakfast Together- simple weekday breakfasts make it easier to sit down together to share your morning meal and talk about the day ahead.
- Clean Up Game- make getting ready fun (and fast) with little touches you can all enjoy. Sing some silly songs or play their favorite music; say "yes" to more of their choices so they can feel excited about getting ready; celebrate with a quick game or the next chapter of a beloved book before you head out the door.
While you're enjoying these last weeks of summer, take some time to talk about these topics with your spouse or a friend. Imagine the best school year, with the perfect balance of independence and family time, then work strategically to make it a reality!