You know it's coming... September. Time to get the kids back to school and get back into the routine after a fun-filled and adventurous summer. The change in schedules can be stressful. So here are five things you can do (or not do!) to make the transition easier and keep your sanity.
- Plan ahead
Plan your September schedule with routine in mind and don’t wait until the last minute to sign your kids up for their favourite activity (no one wants to be disappointed!). North Vancouver Recreation & Culture's (NVRC’s) Fall Registration starts/started in mid-August so contact us at 604-987-Play(7529) or visit our webpages for program and lesson options for September.
- Decide what’s most important
Decide what’s really important for you and your kids. Is it learning a new skill or sport like swimming or tennis or do you want to focus on fun and active time with the whole family (think, family badminton!) Prioritizing the important activities makes for an easier time for everyone.
- Don’t overschedule
With multiple kids and commitments, many families face a crazy schedule throughout the week. Many moms and dads tell us that they are careful not to enrol their kids in too many activities preferring to maintain some time for spontaneous trips to the pool or the local park to play.
- Don’t forget to exercise
Back to school is a great time for the whole family to get back into a fitness routine. Whether it’s scheduling your own ‘me time’ at the gym or at a yoga class, or planning fun activities for the whole family like cycling at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, make time for exercise and you’ll feel your stress melt away.
- Get out into nature
More and more research is showing the health and wellness benefits of being out in nature. A walk on a local trail or visit to the beach is a great de-stressor and the weather is usually wonderful in September. So don’t think summer is totally over and keep going outside.