How do you get kids back on schedule for the school year?

August 22, 2012|By Liz Atwood | For The Baltimore Sun

It’s the final week of summer vacation for many kids, including my boys. I’ve been trying to get them on schedule that at least resembles the East Coast time zone, but it’s been hard. I’d like for the tween to be in bed by 10 and the teen in bed by 11, but both are still staying up until midnight or later. Even worse, I fear, is that they have grown accustomed to sleeping until noon.

A friend with boys almost the same age as mine has a different philosophy. She’s been letting the boys sleep late as a final indulgence of the summer vacation.

She might have the right idea. Even if I get the boys up by 9 a.m. this week they will have to get up much earlier when school starts. The high school junior will have to be at the bus stop by 7:15 and the new middle schooler will have to be out the door by 7:45.

It’s going to be a rough transition no matter what. What’s your approach to getting the kids back on schedule?

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