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Getting back into the school routine
After six weeks of staying up late, relaxing in pyjamas and being free of any homework, it can be tough getting back into the swing of things when school starts – not just for children, but for parents too!
Studies have shown that it can be a shock to the system for children come September, with 58% of kids being grumpier when they return to school, and it taking on average 8 days for them to adjust back into a routine.
Whether you’re reading this before the kids have gone back to school or after, here’s our top tips to help make things a little easier.
ESTABLISH A NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
Kids tend to hate bedtime at the best of times, but after 6 weeks of a more relaxed approach, suddenly introducing an earlier bedtime the night before school starts, is bound to end in disaster.
Instead try moving their bedtime earlier, bringing the time back 15 minutes each night, giving your child’s body clock time to adjust. Also try including a ‘winding down’ period before sleep to calm your child/children down. For example reading a chapter of a book together or getting into bed with them to discuss their day quietly, either way, make sure it isn’t ‘screen time’ focused as the blue light will keep yours and your child’s brains alert and awake.
For those of you feeling a little mischievous, you could even try moving the clocks forward an hour, so they get used to an earlier bedtime/wake time without actually knowing it.
CLEAN AND REFRESH YOUR HOME
Of course, our favourite tip for the new school year is to spend some time making sure your home is a clean and tidy environment – you know what they say, tidy house tidy mind.
So it doesn’t seem like a mountain of tasks, allocate a few time slots a day to get your house in order; you could even enlist the kids to help with a chore list, getting them back into the habit of completing things they may not want to do.
Remember not to neglect the floors. After 6 weeks of little children running in and outside all day, there’s bound to be lots of dirt and grime. If you’re not sure what to use, try the Vileda SuperMocio 3Action XL Mop. With 25% extra floor contact and a telescopic handle, it will have your floors sparkling in a giffy, giving you plenty of time to relax with a biscuit and a brew before 3pm rolls around.
If you’re in need of some motivation, why not try our 7 Day Cleaning Challenge?
PREPARATION IS KEY
The phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ can literally be applied to anything, the same can be said for a back to school routine. Ideally you should do all of these things before the holidays are over, but if you’ve missed the boat don’t fret – better late than never.
1. Make sure you give all of your school uniforms a good wash and iron. If you’re running low on anything, take a look at our laundrycare section. From ironing boards to indoor airers, we’ve got plenty to choose from.
2. Create a list of dinners for after school so you’re all prepared. If you’ve got time, why not try to bulk make meals to make it easier on yourself?
3. Check yours (and your partners) schedule and calendars to ensure all school runs are covered.
4. Start to implement homework before the holidays end to get children back into an academic mind frame.
5. Grab every single towel and duvet cover you own and put on a couple of large washes; is there anything more satisfying than jumping into a fresh set of bedding after a long day? Our large Premium 2in1 Dryer is perfect for this, with 18 metres of drying space – no more slinging things over the top of doors for you!
We hope this helps to make life a little easier getting back into a routine. If not, don’t panic Christmas is only around the corner!