It was fun while it lasted. For kids, the holidays usually mean excitement, adventure and, best of all, no school or always-hectic routine. For parents, including those of us here at Taylor Morrison, getting the kids back into the rhythm of their schedules can seem daunting.
The mom in Reunion Ranch in Austin has trouble getting the children into bed on time. Dad in Chandler, Arizona struggles with waking the kids up on time to get them to school. Even getting little Susie out the front door of their townhouse in Campbell, California can exasperate her parents.
Yes, getting children back on routine can challenge any parent, but there are things you can do to ease everybody back to normal.
Give them a preview
In very simple terms, remind the kids of the piano practices, soccer games, and even the looming wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and don’t forget your lunch morning they have to look forward to the next day.
Shine the light on the situation
If you can, leave the blinds open in the children’s rooms so the sunlight can help them wake up in the morning.
Accept the complaints along with the excitement
In their dread for returning to school kids complain. Accept their grumbles and react cheerfully. This too shall pass.
Give yourself a break
Take care of yourself and it’s easier to parent well during the transition. Take a long soak in the bath before bed to help you sleep. Pack a healthy lunch for work to counter all those holiday cookies you ate. Ease back into your workout routine.