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Lakeville Moms Talk Q&A: Getting Kids Back in School Mode

How do you get your kids back on schedule for school?

Each week in Moms Talk, our Lakeville Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, 24-hour pharmacies and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the Tiger Mother's way and is it the best way? Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics for children? How do we talk to our children about the Tucson shootings? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks?

How do you get your kids back on schedule for school?

Nicole, mom of five: The week before, we get on our school schedule. Bed times are enforced and I wake them up early as well.  Kids complain every night but, its worth it. Makes the transition that much easier.

Tonia, mom to three children ages 7, 6 and 2: We make sure to get in extra reading time during August to really exercise their brains and get them recharged. We also had a marathon shoe-lace tying week during July, because both boys want “shoes that tie” this year and knowing how to tie them was one condition I put in place. Both are pros now, thanks to a book called “Red Lace, Yellow Lace” (highly recommend—your kids basically follow along with the tutorial and teach themselves). 

We will work on earlier bedtimes and more routine wake times as well. My kids have maintained a pretty normal bed/morning routine throughout the summer, so I think we’ll transition into the school year without much problem.

We'd love to hear what you have to say as well, so make sure to post your thoughts in the comment section below.

The above answers were provided by members of the Lakeville Moms Council. Members include mothers of toddlers to teens: Nicole Bella Remini-Wiskow, Janet Quick, Tonia Johnson, Pamela Zidarich and Charla Zappetillo. The Lakeville Moms Council meets monthly to discuss issues related to raising kids locally. For more information, email derrick.williams@patch.com.

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