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School is back in session. It is crazy how this summer went by so fast (at least for me) this year. I have seen pictures of kids going back to school in July. We aren’t too far behind as we start in August. We just got the school supply list and plan to go shopping this week once we check out the sales. While we are shopping for items on the list, there are some things that aren’t on the list. Here are the back to school essentials kids need to help them have an amazing year.
Back to School Essentials Kids
Need for an Amazing Year
This summer we have not had the best routine. It has not been consistent. There have been weeks where we were on it and some weeks where I just let it go for my sanity. I can tell a big difference from when my kids are off of their routine. I am sure you have heard it before kids thrive on routine. So, get on that routine. Create a morning routine, after school routine and bedtime that works for the family. It does not have to elaborate by any means. If fact, keep it simple. For example, our morning routine are the following steps –
- wake up
- brush teeth
- get dressed
- free time if we have any (aka motivator to get through the morning routine)
I think I have been a sleep dictator when it comes to my kids. Ever since they were babies, I am all about that sleep schedule. Just like kids need routine they need sleep. Since the twins are 9 yrs old, they need 8-10 hours of sleep a day. During the school year, I am make it a point to make sure they are getting at least 10 hours.
I know my daughter needs more sleep than my son. She has always been that way. If you see your child is 8 or 9 and gets sleepy after school, they need an earlier bed time. Studies have soon that good sleep = good grades. I am sure other things also add to that but sleep is the isn’t thing to do. By the way, my kids bedtime is 8-8:30pm
Blue light blocking glasses
Now, if you don’t know what blue light blocking glasses, let me share. Blue light is everywhere, but we want to limit blue light. Particularly blue light that is emitted through electronic devices. The light these devices emit is about a fraction of that emitted naturally. However, the amount of time we spend using these devices and the proximity of these screens is the concern. As much, as I try to limit my kids electronic use, I am not perfect about it. But knowing it can effect their eyes and their sleep, we got them blue light blocking glasses from Spektrum.
I actually started using this glasses this year with all the computer work I have been doing. I learned about the benefits of having these glasses-
- reduce digital strain
- reduce headaches
- get better sleep
- reduce further eye damage
These are just a few things and some other studies. But they love them and helps keep them on the track of getting the sleep which they need. As difficult as it is to get the kids to stop watching TV or using their electronic devices before bedtime these help.
So there is my list of back to school essentials kids need to help them have an amazing year that aren’t on any school supply list. You can check my #1 back to school clothing shopping tip and great back to school snacks.
Wife of one and mother of two (twins). Raising a family in the midwest. Lover of Netflix, crime shows and summer. Founder of The Expecting Mamas Network.