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How to get children into a positive school routine

Make mornings easier for you and your child

Has your child gone back to school after a long summer break

Has your child started a new school? Or has your child started school for the first time?

Helping children get into a comfortable night time routine is important, especially at the beginning of a new school term. 

For children returning to school after a long summer break, getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. Or for children starting school, establishing a brand new routine can prove tricky.

But most parents will agree -better bedtimes make better mornings!

A full day at school can be tiring for children, so making sure they get enough sleep is important. However, in the summer when evenings are still light, it can be hard getting children off to sleep at a reasonable time. Our

https://relaxkids.com/product/quiet-spaces/Quiet Spaces CD is perfect for helping children unwind at bedtime. The deeply soothing tracks combine relaxing music with simple breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxations to help children fall asleep easily. Each track is set to an imaginative nature visualisation, such as floating on a cloud or soft bed of feathers.

Listening to this CD regularly will help your child ease into a bedtime routine. Children will begin to associate the tracks with bedtime. Here is what one parent thought of the a https://relaxkids.com/product/quiet-spaces/ Quiet Spaces CD.

“We have really struggled with bedtime and this CD has totally changed all our lives for the better. We now have a CD player on the landing and WOW the results are amazing! It’s so relaxing, so soft and gentle!” – Leslie, Parent

Here are some other ideas to help your child ease into a new school routine:

1. Pack their bag the night before

2. Make sure their homework is checked, permission slips signed, and sports kit ready the night before. 

3. Leave their bag by the front door, ready to go. This way, there are no regular disruptions to their morning routine -rushing around trying to find their sports socks, for example!

4. Don’t eat breakfast on the go! Sitting down to eat breakfast gives children time to wake up properly and think about the day ahead of them. You can talk to your children about what they are going to do, or what you might do together when they get home from school.

5. Invite a friend over to play after school. This will give them something to look forward to at the end of the day!

6. Look at a calendar together. Show children a calendar with the weekends and holidays on, so they know what they have to look forward to.

7.Give them something positive to remind them of home

8. Pop a special trinket or Star Card in their pocket, which can remind them of the security of home if they need it. For example, the “Brave Star”; card can help children worried about meeting new people. You can purchase Relax Kids star cards here: https://relaxkids.com/product/star-cards/