Refreshing Your Kid’s Back To School Routines

 
Is it back to school season already?! It’s the time of year where life becomes a bit more packed with homework, extracurricular activities, and traffic, but don’t worry, routines can help with this. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn ways to combat the back to school chaos and get back into flow with ease. Tune in to hear all the tips!
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Ashley Brown 0:00
Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. And either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home yourself in your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways for you to consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:50
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Ashley Brown 1:22
Alright, let's go ahead and get into today's episode. Hey, Hey, welcome. In today's episode, we're gonna be talking about refreshing your kids back to school routines. Oh my gosh, it is that time of year that is slowly but really quickly approaching. Right is the mix of both. And this is I want to share with you this is my first year where I have children going to school. Yo, like where has time gone. Like I'm so confused right now, my oldest will be starting pre K, my youngest is going to the same school with her but is she's gonna be a pre k too not gonna be doing that thing. But it's super cute. So I am getting things ready for them. They already have their lunch boxes. They're like water cups, because they're going to be taken lunches. And I'm just trying to get everything prepared. So that is a smooth transition and really thinking about our back to school routines and what that's going to look like for us. So I wanted to help you start to like think about this as well. I had to do an episode about this, I had to back to school routines are really about managing your time and energy for both yourself and your children or child. And I'm sharing things that you can do to refresh or improve your back to school routines.

Ashley Brown 2:52
Okay, I'm not going to be sharing specific routines with you here, I'm going to be sharing some things to think about when it comes to refreshing your back, to school routines, because if your children have been in school, and you do this every single year, maybe it's about taking an inventory to assess what could be better this year. Right. And so I'm gonna share with you some things I'm thinking about personally for myself, that could be helpful for you, you know, take what you like, leave what you don't like, but improve those routines if they need to be improved. So the first thing I want to share when it comes to refreshing your back to school routines is think about what went well previously, and what areas may need improvement. Right? If your child has never been to school, like my children, I know I'm thinking about, you know, comparing it to when I work like a work routine or when I returned to work. I'm thinking about it in that way to, you know, proactively assess what would make this transition smoother.

Ashley Brown 3:57
Alright, so you can think about it that way if your kids have never been to school, but if your children have been going to school, and this comes about and has been coming about every single year, then you know, you can kind of know what went well last year when we when they went back to school and what didn't go so well. Maybe it's like morning times were a breeze. But when they got home, maybe that was a little bit frazzled. So maybe you can think about creating some after school routines to help your children have a smoother transition when they come home or have you know, allow yourself to have a smoother transition when they get home. Maybe you're like you know what our mornings are crappy. Like we were always rushing out the door last minute or we never had things together. I really want to improve our morning routine when they're in school, because it needs to be better. So think about that. Think about what went well first and then think about areas of improvement. And then the second thing for you to think about is to batch daily task that must be done.

Ashley Brown 4:59
Like these are the tasks that they're going to, they're going to have to get done. Right, especially if they apply to you. So batch the daily tasks like lunches, batch that like making lunch the night before, every single night before it can become exhausting. It can really get annoying to a certain extent, because you're like, I don't know what to put in this lunch box. I don't know what to pack for them. Batch it, go ahead and create them some meals at the top of the week, and then have it in the frigerator so you can just pull out that pb&j, you can pull out that snack pack, like maybe some deli meat, cheese, whatever that is for your children. So it's already prepared, right, it's already prepped, that's going to make things a lot easier for you, or even dinner, right dinner is something that you can batch as well meal, prep your dinners beforehand, maybe do some freezer meals, go ahead and just prep your proteins like season your chicken, cut up your vegetables, things like that can be really helpful.

Ashley Brown 6:06
Because when it comes time for you to get home, you know, you're all get home. And it's like, okay, you only have a certain amount of time for family time you need to eat. And then it's time for the bedtime routine to start. And so having dinner already prepped to a certain extent, or fully cooked, all you have to do is either pop it into the microwave or put it in the oven, or plop it into your instant pot. Whatever that looks like for you. It's easier. It's gonna lighten your load a bunch. So batch daily tasks, even your clothing, clothing, go ahead and pull out your clothes for the entire week. I know that I like to pull mine out the night before. But if you know this, like maybe you're rushing out in the morning, because you're always trying to figure out what your children are wearing, or because you need to iron their clothes because you pull it out and you're like, Oh my gosh, I am not sending my children to school with these wrinkly clothes on.

Ashley Brown 7:05
Right. And so you're like doing it last minute. Doing that before for either yourself or your children getting your clothes out for the week can be really helpful as well, I know I'm going to do this with the girls. Because for me, I can choose my clothes very quickly. Because for one, I don't have many clothes, because I like to keep things really simple. But my children don't have many clothes either. But I think it'd be easier because there's two of them. And so making sure their clothes are out on like, this is what you're wearing Monday to Friday. And that's it. And of course Iike helping my oldest daughter helping me choose what she wants to wear as well to give her some autonomy. But yeah, so that is a really helpful thing to think about is batching. a game changer. And then the last thing I want to share is that it can be helpful to create a list to check off each morning or afternoon when the children returned from school. So this can be for either you to refer to to make sure you have things in order if your children are really small. or this could be helpful for your older kids to reference so that they know what they need to do in the morning before they leave out.

Ashley Brown 8:13
Like make sure you check your backpack to make sure you have your lunch, made sure that we have any documents signed, right? Like those little things that can you know, make sure if they're older they have their phone, you know, do you have your phone? I don't even know why I said that. I know these children have their phones because they're like that's the one thing they will have. We will leave the backpack we'll take the phone already know how teenagers can be. So that's something you probably do not have to worry about. But what can be on that list. Think about it. Because this can be really helpful to get your children in the habit of being proactive and thinking for themselves, especially if they're old enough to read that list. What do you need? This can be so so helpful, because it's the worst when you get home. Or when you get to school or you get to work yourself. And you're like, Oh shoot, I forgot to pack that for them. Or the child is like calling you like, oh ma you forgot this. I call your daddy when you call your daddy.

Ashley Brown 9:24
But anyway, um, that is a really helpful thing to think about. Create a list of check off in the morning or afternoon and that can just be something that's near your, in your kitchen. It has to be somewhere that's like accessiable where you frequent before you are leaving out the door. It can be right next to your door as you're leaving now to be like boom, boom, boom, boom, Got it. Got it. Got it. Got it. Done. Okay, super helpful for you. And then other tidbits that I want to share with you because those were the top three think about what's going well what needs to improvement, batch your daily tasks. And then also create a list to check off each morning or afternoon. Other things I want to share that just is super helpful when it comes to back to school one, go to bed at a decent time. This is primarily for us because we are doing way more many times in our children and thinking about way more. Going to bed at a decent time is imperative when you want to have a really smooth routine, especially if you're talking about that morning routine.

Ashley Brown 10:31
Yes, going to bed, get your butt in bed, do what you need to do to get your butt in bed, you can definitely check out our episode on bettering your bedtime routine that is there for you. Okay, so search for that and get to bed on time. Also have a realistic leave time as well. I always have a leave time. I'm like okay, I'm leaving about this time. This is it. Seven o'clock, I need to be out the door. And then what I usually do is I will subtract 10 minutes from that and make that my new lead time so instead of seven o'clock at 6:50 why because it gives you wiggle room. But it's really you make it their hard stop like no 6:50 we need to be out the door because you know things happen. Your children spill something on their outfit now you got to change it. Somebody is fussing and fighting with each other these kids and you're like stop it and then you got to have a whole talk with them before they go off to school. So things happen and if you have a realistic lead time, subtract 10 minutes from there.

Ashley Brown 11:38
It'll give you a little leeway. Another thing is to know what you are cooking each night or at least have options for ordering in. Okay, know what you're cooking each night that was batch daily tasks but also have options for ordering in. Sometimes we cause you know you get to those points, where you're like, Okay, we're gonna order something. And then take you about 30 minutes to decide what everybody's eating and have your options. What is it chipotle? Is it chick-fil-a is it you know, maybe some type of pasta place you know some Italian food What is it for you some Chinese? What is it? What is your your family's favorite options for ordering and I know we love some good pizza spots. We love some chick fil A's and chipotle when they get our order right. But yeah, but yes so know what you're cooking for dinner, or at night at least have options for ordering in. And then the last thing is to begin to strengthen your routines that became a little relaxed during the summer, this can be really huge. So start to strengthen routines that have been more chilled through the summer, right because we do get a little bit more relaxed in the summer, which is perfectly fine. Like, you know, relax all year long, man. So you felt light it.

Ashley Brown 13:02
But you know, we got to be a little bit organized, more organized when it comes to our children being back in school because you know, so many emails being sent out papers being sent home homework for the children to do. asking for our materials to be sent in with our children. You know, we got to keep things together. So I began to strengthen those routines that have become a little bit more relaxed during the summer. And this can be really impactful. Those are my little tidbits for you. I want you to feel grounded. I want your children to feel that you feel grounded, right because you know our children take the energy that we have. And so as moms and parents, we have to really be careful of what energy we are exuding and if we feel frazzled, our children are going to feel frazzled, right but if we feel grounded, because we're preparing, we're being proactive, with our time and energy. Boom. That's how our children are going to feel. So that's it for today's episode. to end things. Let me leave you with some routine wisdom, which is use routines to make back to school a breeze. Use routines to make back to school a breeze, it is possible for you to have a school year that is manageable.

Ashley Brown 14:18
That doesn't stress you out. If you are proactive and prepared. That is key and routines can help you with this. All right, well that's it for today's episode. I hope that you enjoyed it Be sure to rate and review the show. This really helps us to get this show out to the world so that more moms more women know about routine and things so that they can live their most happiest life one routine at a time. So please rate and review the show today. I would truly appreciate it and also share this episode with a friend with someone you know who has children and their children going back to school and you know the friend that's complaining to you, that girl by these kids going back to school, just go ahead and send her this. Okay girl that is it for today.

Ashley Brown 15:08
Be sure to join me next time but until then continue to enjoy, wherever you are whatever you're doing right now stay happy and I will talk to you next week. Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social. I would love to know you're listening and for tools to help you start, maintain and enjoy your routines. Be sure to head to routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy.

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