For some kids, the thought of a new school year can make them jump for joy. Others may face it with dread due to the overwhelming exhaustion from early mornings, homework and extracurricular activities. Regardless of how they view it, there is a definitive shift when it comes to routine from the lazy days of summer.

Summer is an almost magical time. More freedom, less structure, and a vast array of adventures filled with fresh air, water activities, lemonade, ice cream, and social activities. Once August rolls around, the reality of the fast-approaching school year quickly starts to emerge. Change is on its way.

Here are a few tips to help you make it through the end of the summer season and the start of the school season.

Tip #1: Gradual Structure Introduction

Many of us make the mistake of using a heavy hammer or instantaneously throwing our children into immediate changes when it comes to structure and routine. This is a big mistake. Instead, we should gradually introduce the structure that is necessary and desired for the upcoming school year. We all adjust better when we gradually work our way back into a specific routine.

A few weeks prior to the start of the school year, start waking up a little earlier. Each week, go back a little more until you are all waking up when you need to for the school year. The same goes for bedtime. We all stay up a little later during the summer. Simply adjust the bedtime a little each week until you are on track. Explain to your children the need for and benefits associated with structure. By gradually introducing the structure for the new year, you will find that it is easier to transition into school mode.

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Tip #2: Obtain and Organize School Supplies

The next tip for moving into school mode is to obtain and organize school supplies. Despite the average child’s hesitation and anxiety about the new school year, most get very excited when it comes to shopping for supplies such as their backpack, their pencils, their notebooks, and similar merchandise. Take them along on the journey and encourage them to purchase items that match their personality and style. This will definitely aid in setting the pace for official entrance into school mode at the end of the summer.

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Tip #3: Help Create a Study Space

We all need environments where we work, play, live, and sleep. The same holds true for children. Before the start of the school year, you should help your child create a study space. This area should include a desk, organizational tools, supplies, and items that your child would like to include.

Remember, this is their space and it is important that they have a say in its location and design. If you allow this, they will be more excited to utilize that space once school starts and all those homework hassles will be completely eliminated!

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