Probably one of the most important routines to start is bedtime. Summer is a wonderful downtime. Bedtime routines fall by the wayside, and actual bedtimes often get pushed later. Once school starts kids need enough sleep and consistency. Help them get into habit now before school starts.
- Start moving bedtime earlier/closer to when you want them in bed on school nights.
- Make sure you’ve altered your routine prior to the night before the first day of school, so they are already used to it.
- Start adjusting routines like night baths versus morning showers to reflect what will happen when school starts.
- Don’t wait to communicate what time bedtime will be. Kids need time to process information, and it will be easier now if you let them know what to expect.
Not sure how much sleep your school aged child should get? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children “Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis, and
Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.”