As a family we are engaging in one last getaway before we get back to our routines. Routines come along with the school year and for us keeps tantrums and drama at bay. Routines and charts to include showering before bed, setting up lunches, and backpacks by the door. This sounds foolish as we all know it has to be done, but time has proven in our house if not done routinely mom is surely making a return trip with lunch or homework. I am not one to ever leave my kids hanging. I know this isn’t always a good thing, lecture me about this another time.
Early bed times are a must.
Clearly with being away our sleep schedule is not where is should be just yet. Plans to get the littles down before 8 to ensure enough sleep for each will begin as soon as we return home.
With a family addicted to Verizon Fios and the Fall Lineup beginning within days of back to school, early bed time routines can be a bit tricky. Here is my compromise I offer you and my little ones: set your DVR! Or download the Fios Mobile App.
We are set to embark on a new school year in a much more challenging school, and I am strictly enforcing the one hour of television a day during the week. I don’t allow television time before bed, during the school days, so this could get hairy. Well maybe until the kids get back to their schedule anyway.
JD of course had the most concern about my new bedtime and tv viewing rules. However, he quickly came up with a solution. If he DVR’s KC Undercover, Austin and Ally etc. he can watch both in under an hour. Naturally he tested his theory, and fast forwarded through all the commercials. He may watch the ones with the latest toys, but he is well aware the clock is ticking. With extra time to spare he can also watch a little bit of Pokemon.
With concerns of missing out on their shows during the days they have activities scheduled, (everyday), the kids have already planned to bring their tablets for the car ride to and from gymnastics, guitar practice etc. With the FiOS app, they can watch all of their recorded shows, wearing headphones of course. This decision was their own and is a win win for me as well. It relinquishes my need to threaten to pull the car over because they are fighting in the backseat! Yes we have all been there, thankfully I have never had to pull the car over. Honestly I am not sure what I would do if I did have to! HA!
Stay tuned for additional back to school tips, and feel free to share some of your own below.
Do you allow your little ones to watch tv before bed? What does your bedtime routine look like?
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