Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Parent to Parent: School Schedule
Less than a week to go before the school bell rings. For most kids that means those late-night bedtimes are about to change. 7's Lynn Martinez gets some advice on how to get the kids back on that school schedule in tonight's Parent to Parent.
Tobie Hollenbeck: "It's sad to see summer end but it's also good to see the routine starting back."
Like most parents, Tobie admits the schedule over the summer is a little more lax.
Tobie Hollenbeck: "If we don't have to get up and do anything the next morning, she usually stays up a little later than normal."
But with most schools starting on August 20th, that's all about to change.
Tobie Hollenbeck: "The first couple days are tough for everybody."
So how can families make that transition a bit smoother? 7's parenting expert Dr. Valerie Goode says it's a team effort.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "I think the first thing that needs to happen is the parents need to get back into that mindset as well."
Dr. Valerie says parents should first get organized, then mentally prepare the kids. Get them back into their regular nighttime routine, like reading a book before bedtime. Then, have them go to bed a half hour earlier each night. That also means turning off the electronics.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "They really should not have the electronics in their bedroom."
Tobie Hollenbeck: "Hey Tate, it's time to get ready to go to bed sweetie."
Tobie is already getting her daughter back on a school schedule. After playing a game on the iPad and brushing her teeth.
Tobie Hollenbeck: "Then it's quiet time, read some books together or she can read to me."
Then, it's lights out and hopefully sweet dreams.
Tobie Hollenbeck: "I am hoping for a smooth transition but I'm thinking it won't be too bad."
Lynn Martinez: "Dr. Valerie says you should talk to your kids about going back to school now so they are excited about the new year."