Whether you are coming back from a vacation, back to school, returning to work, or the changing of seasons, these all require a little adjustment to your routine. Everyone feels a bit off-balance at the end of the Summer. Young children experience these changes more intensely than adults. My tips can help you get back to balance…
Don't overbook your child! Allow extra time in the morning and evening to connect, reassure, and hold your child (healthy for both of you!)
Be prepared for meals by having them pre-made and available in the freezer for a quick heat up.
Talk to your children (even the babies respond to this) and let them know what the changes will be that involve them.
Use a stuffed animal or doll to role-play how the new routines will look. Remember to be excited and positive.
Get help and support from family or other caregivers to help assist as needed.
Don’t overbook your evenings and weekends. Stay home and keep your food and sleep structure. Children can feel out of sorts when these basic needs shift.
Try for an earlier bedtime for everyone if you have not been getting adequate sleep hours.
Be gentle on yourself and treat yourself kindly. Your attitude flows over to your family, so charge your battery with extra self-care (a massage, manicure, or an hour alone in a coffee shop).
Exercise, eat well, and sleep (these will elevate your immune system).