Today I awoke to a fresh morning temperature of just below 20 degrees. The sun shyly peeked out from a cloud, with a gentle yawn as it stretched slowly across the sky. I’m gradually starting to get the kids up earlier these days especially as it is only 1 more week until my teens return to school. Getting teens back into the routine of going to bed earlier and waking up 6am-ish to simulate their impending reality, is no mean feat and I’m really hoping to achieve it without needing to get my Nerf water gun out.. Iykyk! 🤣🤣
Anyhoo… to explain Window Wednesday, this is my humble attempt to give you a peek into a window of my life, or a window I myself have looked through in an encounter I’ve found interesting about another lifestyle, subject or situation. One of my New Year’s goals was to be open to new and different ways of life, like different cuisines, cultures, hobbies, genre’s of music, literature etc. It’d be great to travel, and you bet I’ll take you along but until then, here we are. For this first one, I wanted to give you a peek through the window into my 5 tips on how I help my kids get back-to-school ready.
- This week I hope to get them up more early to walk and feed the dog, water the garden, arcade games & activities, café, shopping, park or beach, visit family – just any activity that requires them to get ready and out of the house at a certain time in the morning. I’m finding more success with the incentive based outings, so yeah lesson learnt! At the end of the day though, no more sleep ins, until the weekend anyway.
- Prepare meals or provide snacks at the same time as school intervals to gently get them back into the habit of eating at set times. No need to make up lunch boxes if at home, but hey if that helps with readjusting to portion control again, I’m all for it. Drag those water bottles out, dust off the cobwebs and get them used to filling these up every morning and sipping throughout the day again.
- Limit screen time to as much as they would experience at school. It’s amazing what kids can do in this screen free time around the house with objects and resources they hardly ever think about using while the Wifi is on. It’s also an ideal time to clean and reorganise their room that’ll help to set them up for study mode, with a clear desk, and tidy book shelf arrangement. It also pays to turn off devices (or Wifi) a good hour before they sleep and charge all devices in the kitchen so that they’re all ready to go in the morning.