It’s that time of year – school time! So this week on The Morning Thing we have been talking all about school and how to get ready for the upcoming school year. This morning we shared some tips and ideas to make it easier to get back into the school routine.
Some home organization tips include:
- Setting up a homework station
- Setting up a lunch packing station
- Creating an are to place sports equipment
- Establishing a family calendar
All these tips and ideas came from imom.com and you can see the complete list here.
What about getting back into the sleeping routine for the school schedule? Here are some tips!
- Gradually adjust sleep and wake schedules 10 days to two weeks before the start of school. This will help setting their biological clocks to the new schedule.
- Keep a regular bedtime even on weekends. This makes sure kids and teens are getting enough sleep. It also keeps their circadian rhythms regulated.
- Your kids should have a relaxing bedtime routine that is age appropriate. This helps kids wind down. The routine should be the same every night so they associate all steps with sleep.
- Create a sleep environment that is cool, quiet, dimly lit, and comfortable.
- Electronics should be kept out of the bedroom. This included video games, televisions, computers, and cell phones. Use of electronics before bed can lead to poor sleep. Eliminate exposure to electronic media within an hour before bed.
- Limit caffeine, especially after lunch.
- Make sure your kids eat well and exercise regularly. Both these things promote sleep.
And for all you high school seniors out there, it’s time to think about those senior photos! Don’t be afraid to think out of the box for your photo’s, Brittany Creech, a teen from Missouri, decided to take some of her photos at a place where she has spent a lot of time with her friends during high school – Taco Bell.
You can see more of here photos here.
We also continued our conversations with the members of the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. You can hear our conversation with Festival Director Pat Crow about this year’s entertainment here and you can listen to our conversation with Susan Kahrl about this year’s youth showcase here.