No More Late Nights
Some kids love summer because they can stay up as late as you’ll allow them. For this reason, one of the most important steps to getting ready for school is establishing a normal sleeping schedule. Studies show that children with variable sleep schedules are more likely to be tired in school and have difficulty paying attention. The sooner they get back into a school-focused sleeping pattern, the better.
Instead of announcing “8:00 is bedtime” when they’ve been staying up later, try moving bedtime back by 15 or 20 minutes intervals every few days until you’ve reached the desired hour. Computers, smartphones, and TV can keep kids energetic and hyper, so emphasize a pre-sleep “quiet time.” They’ll be more relaxed and ready for sleep, and prepared to tackle the next day.