The Summer is Drawing to a Close

Dear Home Ec 101,

Do either of you ladies have any tips for easing into the school routine? We’ve been sleeping until noon and howling at the moon. I have a feeling 6am is going to come as a rude awakening in two weeks.


Sleepy Slacker McSlackersons

Heather says:
Since you have two weeks, you don’t have to turn into a drill sergeant just yet. First, tomorrow spend some time with you child(ren) and help clean up their room. Why? It’s easier to sleep in a room vs a pig sty. Explain as you shovel and sort that the new school year means it’s time for new routines. If at all possible try to have their room as dark as possible in the evening and begin getting ready fifteen minutes earlier than what’s their normal summer schedule. The next night, start fifteen minutes earlier than the one before and repeat until you reach their school year bedtime.

Consider bribery in the mornings. I know bacon will get me out of bed in a hurry. It’s just as important to reset their wake-up call as it is to reset their evening schedules. Avoid letting kids sleep in for more than an hour on the weekends, unless you really enjoy miserable Mondays. (It doesn’t bother some kids as much as others, just be aware). If bribery doesn’t work, continue moving the bedtime earlier until the kid can manage to get out of bed without a struggle. Either they are desperate for the sleep or they’ll eventually miss enough activities to realize it’s worth the effort.

Our household is a little weird, Mr. Heather works rotating shifts, so he doesn’t see the kids in the evening whether he’s on days or nights, it’s just something we’ve had to get used to.

So tell me, Home Eccers how do you get your bedtime back in order after summer slacking?

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  1. Milehimama on August 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I posted today about getting kids out of bed for school. I wrote it when my son’s bus came at 6:40 AM!

  2. Milehimama on August 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I posted today about getting kids out of bed for school. I wrote it when my son’s bus came at 6:40 AM!

  3. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting on August 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I could’ve written that, asking for help. We’re trying to get up early, as school starts on Friday, but we’re failing miserably. The earliest we can muster is 8am. 6am is going to mega-suck on Friday and next week.

    We’ve tried getting the kids to bed early(er) but often times we get stragglers down complaining about one thing or the next.

  4. Carol on August 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I haven’t changed the kids schedule much for the summer. My oldest is a pill and won’t sleep late, so for the most part his bedtime is only moved to 8 pm, vs. 7:30 on school nights. We have a few more weeks before school starts, but I have started putting both kids to bed at the same time, since the 3 year old will be getting up for pre-school 3 days a week.

    Now, this takes care of the kids, but what about me?? I am not looking forward to having to be up and out of the house by 8:10 in the morning.

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