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Get Set For Starting School

Get Set For School

School is here again for many people, including me today.  Once again, the happy chaos of school lunches, backpacks, and alarm clocks set the rhythm of our week.  But with that rhythm comes some serious adjustment.  And a little stress!  Check out this quick review of important points for starting school this year.  Keep everyone on track whether you have already started school or you are still waiting for the big day.

Sleep Schedules For School

Good sleep is a must for kids, but also for their parents.  Take a cue from your kids having a “decent bedtime” and make sure you are getting plenty of Z’s.  It’s tempting to get a whole bunch of stuff done after the kids have gone to bed.  They’ve probably been turning in a lot earlier than during the summer months.  Plus the sun is still out late right now.  But you won’t be much good if you are trying to help them and go to work on only five or six hours of sleep.

I have also struggled with the kids’ bedtimes in the last few years.  What helps me is to count up the amount of time I think they’ll need to do their entire before-bed routine.  That includes teeth, checking for lunch (or making it), getting snacks, picking out clothes, bath or shower, homework, activity schedule, and after-supper chores.  When I take all those things into account, it’s much easier for me to start them early enough keep their bedtime on track.

Checking Changes From Last Year

Do you have a kid going to a different school building this year?  Have you tried the route yet, especially with your work commute or your other kids’ drop-off routine?  If they walk or bike to school, are you in a habit of checking the weather in case you need to drive them?  How about the carpool?  What about medication for your children or any special accommodations you need to share with a teacher?

Stress And Excitement For School

School is an exciting time, but it can be a little stressful.  Once you get through the bumps of the first few weeks, it can get easier.  Give your kids and yourself a great start by getting plenty of rest and planning ahead.  Happy school year, everyone!

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Get Set For Starting School

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). Get Set For Starting School. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 2, 2020, from


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