As we head towards the last couple days of August, us parents are pretty much at our wits end with summer and kids being around the house.
As much as we love them, it’s time to push them out the door so they can go to school and we can get some kind of normalcy back into our lives. Getting back into the routine of school can be a little bit tricky – especially those with teens who have been staying up way past midnight and sleeping in way past noon. Yes, that’s the routine in my house right now and it’s driving me nuts.
It’s time to wean them off that lack of schedule and into something that is not going to send shockwaves through their system.
For starters, because most kids these days have some kind of device that can access the internet, I first suggest putting restrictions on the router so at a specific time the internet drops off for them. If they loose internet access at midnight, chances are they will get bored shortly after and go to sleep.
In my home, I first do 1am, then midnight, and a week before school starts I roll this back to 11pm.
Coordinating morning wake up times is important too. If you let them sleep in until 1pm, they will be up until 1am for sure. Currently, we are just over a week out before they start school and I have my kids up at 11am. In a couple days it’s going to become 10 and then earlier.
By following a scaled back approach like this, you will avoid shocking their systems and being complete zombies the first couple days of school.
I find it also important to make sure their devices are put in airplane mode at the time internet is shut down for those that have access to 3g/4g. The only way you can monitor this really is to spot check – and you should do this.
For younger kids who do not stay up that late, you can follow the same system, just different times.
Once school starts, we have a 9pm all devices off rule. With texting and other social media applications, there are too many distractions. Just turn them off.
From one parent to another – good luck!