School is a huge adjustment for our children (and us). Every year we have the impression and thought that this year will be different. We'll be focused, organized and everything will flow smoothly. And, while there are things that can be easier, it can sometimes seem that things just get crazier and crazier. (And yet, we were so excited for the first day of school to come!)
Because of where we live, we had to adjust make some pretty big adjustments to our schedule because of the start of the new school year. We have to strategically plan when we get up and then leave in the morning because if not, we will be stuck behind buses, which could add 10-15 minutes to our commute - just to get to I95.
The biggest issue for us was that we did not want our 4 year old to be "rushed" out the door in the morning to school. (Which is why we chose our pre-school carefully). The thought was to save time, gas and money by having him drop her off at school on his way to work. And, during the summer, this works perfectly. But, with the beginning of school, we are having to make this One Small Adjustment.
How do we adjust? Every week we talk, usually on Sunday evenings, to discuss our schedules for the week. We already know that every Tuesday morning, I have obligated myself to a business meeting at 7:00 a.m. And, in order to allow enough time to get to my meeting, I need to be out of the door prior to 6:30. No questions asked! So...Monday evenings bedtime is just slightly earlier! We don't plan anything extra on Monday evenings. We spend time doing activities that don't increase adrenaline...we color, practice writing and maybe watch a relaxing movie prior to going to bed. We have found that this "down-time" allows us to mentally prepare for Tuesday morning - because it always comes too early!
And, because we would much rather allow her to sleep in - as much as possible - without interrupting her school schedule, I will schedule my first appointment between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. so that I can drop her off at school. No matter what our schedules bring - or how they change - our focus and goal is to be consistent in our daily routines. It is easier for us to adjust our schedules just a little to accommodate them. After all, it is just a minor adjustment...and, it isn't forever! Next year she will be in kindergarten and we'll talk about that later! Talk about One Huge Adjustment!
When working through a change in your schedule, talk it over with everyone that is involved. Make sure that you are working toward a common cause and that everyone is stepping in and taking responsibility as they are able. It's all relative to a happy, healthy and organized day.