How to Begin Prepping Your Kids for Back to School Bedtime

During the summer, many kids get in the habit of staying up late at night. While this is fine during the summer break, bedtime must come earlier during the school year. Kids need to go to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep, every night. It gives them more energy, they’re more alert and it helps them focus better throughout the day.

How to Begin Prepping Your Kids for Back to School Bedtime
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Here are a few great tips on how to begin prepping your kids for back to school bedtime:

  1. Determine what time you’ll need to get up in the mornings to have plenty of time to get ready for school. Getting up at the last minute and rushing out the door can cause unnecessary anxiety.
  2. Figure out what time your child needs to be in bed in order to get up at that time and still get the required hours of sleep recommended for her age.
  3. Once you know what time the kids need to be in bed, start getting them in bed 15 minutes earlier each night for a few days until they adjust to the new time. Continue the process until you reach the desired bedtime.
  4. Be consistent with your bedtime rules. If you let the kids stay up late on some nights, it makes it harder for them to adjust to the new school schedule.
  5. Stick to your back to school bedtime routine, even on weekends and non-school days. This is important to keeping their internal clock in order.
How to Begin Prepping Your Kids for Back to School Bedtime
Child sleeping

When you plan in advance and start early, preparing your kids for their new bedtime will be a lot easier. By the time school begins, they’ll already be adjusted to the new schedule.

Do you have any bedtime tips to share with our readers?

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  1. I tried to keep up with routine through out the summer months as well so it wasn’t to much of a big change come time for school!

  2. I agree, it’s easier on the kids if you start getting them ready for school by ensuring that their bedtime fits correctly into the schedule. 15 mins earlier per night is a good way to get them back to the normal school bedtime. It’s more difficult when they can read a clock but I don’t think they’ll bother much if it’s only 15 mins earlier.


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