Summer has been incredible, all those long days and late summers nights. But we as many parents during the summer holidays have got into a routine of allowing the boys to stay up later than usual. As parents I feel we are so much more flexible in the summer, spending longer in the garden as a family and losing track of time. And traveling lots which of course has taken its toll in terms of late nights and healthy eating.
The start of autumn and returning to school sees a new season along with the new school year. Yes, there are lots to look forward to: School Christmas plays, autumn leaves falling from the trees and long family autumn walks. Then following with the oh so exciting build up to Christmas, snow days and long winters walks.
But I also feel this is a time of the year to re-establish routine, organise ourselves for the school year ahead. We have started by setting a strict homework routine, getting homework done early in the week and handed in, rather that leaving it hanging over us like a dark cloud. Joe will use any avoidance tactic he can to not do homework. It is not that he is not capable, more that he can always think of something better to do.
In the last two weeks it has been exhausting getting Joe into a homework routine, but we have persisted and he is fast getting the message that this is a non negotiable matter, finally things are starting to get easier.
We have also re assessed sugar intake; we recently received a leaflet from Jacks diabetes nurse that outlined sugar content of breakfast cereals. The boy’s favourite cereal had 5 sugar cubes in per portion, omg that is just so much. So we now have a selection of cereals that only contain 1 sugar cube per portion. That still seems a lot for a seemingly innocent cereal but trust me when I researched this I was blown away by how much sugar was in some very innocent looking foods.
We plan to still get out and exercise. It is so easy once the nights draw in to light the fire and turn into hermits, but I am still aiming to get us all out for regular country walks. Fresh air and countryside walks are so important, I don’t want us turning into sloths for the winter, we will be getting out and getting plenty of exercise and fresh air this winter, only then can we come home and snuggle by the coal fire.
And lastly I have re assessed bed time routines, I have been terrible lately for blogging late into the night. So I am starting with myself and ensuring I get to bed at a reasonable time to allow me time to read, wind down and get some quality sleep.
Slumberdown recently sent Joe a memory foam mattress topper and this has really helped him to drift off at night, like me he likes to read in bed but can take ages to chill out and relax. We recently bought him a sprung mattress this was such a mistake, he just did not find it comfy and it was affecting his ability to wind down at night. His new mattress topper molds to the shape of his body and snuggles him to sleep, perfect for relaxing on cool autumn nights.
I am hoping the new routine will bring us smoothly into the busy winter months. Quality sleep, better organisation and lower sugar intake will help us all focus and adapt well to the new season and academic term ahead of us.