After a week off, you’re ready (or not) for the kids to get back to school. Sure, you had a lot of fun; but you’re also tired of the “I’m bored” responses, and of the mess spread from one end of the house to the other, and of the constant bickering that always increases when kids are in close spaces with not enough to entertain them. You’ve had your fun—now it’s time to get back to work!
Of course, getting back to work also means no more sleeping in…no more fun outings in the middle of the day just because you feel like it…no more quiet days when you can kick back and do the things that you want to do, because the kids are peaceful and entertaining themselves and don’t need your input to stay on task….
Yep…spring break is over, and it’s definitely time to get back to the grind. But how do you get your entire family back on schedule without feeling as though you’re dragging everyone along behind you?
Check Class Connect schedules for the week now.
Did you get through Monday assuming that everything was going to be business as usual? Good for you. Don’t assume that it’s going to be like that for the rest of the week. Some sessions may have moved or changed, and you need to know when those are—especially if your child tends to be off-task and forget to check in. You also need to make sure of the start time for that first lesson: if it begins at nine in the morning, you don’t want to be dragging your child out of bed at eight fifty nine. Speaking of which….
Set a wake-up time that's early enough to get everything done.
If you have chores that you want your kids to get done before they start their schoolwork in the morning, make sure that they have plenty of time to do it. They need to eat breakfast, get their materials together, and get dressed (if that’s something that you encourage your kids to do in the mornings). If they need a morning shower, factor that in, too. Make sure that they have plenty of time to do the things that they need to do without feeling rushed.
Plan something fun this week.
It doesn’t have to be something huge—just something that will get them back off of the couch and moving for a little while. Something for them to look forward to, even if it’s just a library or used bookstore trip.
Be aware of what they're supposed to be doing.
Be a little bit more careful than usual, since you know that they’re going to be dreading getting back to schoolwork. Keep an eye on them and ensure that they do what they need to do each day—don’t let them start off their week behind! The temptation to procrastinate will likely be stronger than usual. Don't let them give in to it now, or it will take longer to get them back on track later.
Be prepared for some setbacks.
Some of the things that have been going smoothly for you for months aren’t going to go smoothly this week—and that’s okay! You can get through this week, and before you know it, everything will be back to normal.