Expert review by:
MA (LMHC candidate), PMH-C and mom of 3
Keeping it simple was important to making it possible.
As summer rolls on, one thing on everyone’s mind is – what will routines look like when school starts? The truth is, not everyone knows yet. It won’t look the same for all of us and it could change as we go. I speak to hundreds of families all over the country and I’ve heard a few different possibilities – it could be in person at school with precautions in place, all online, or a hybrid of the two. With so much unknown, routine can bring comfort in difficult times. Once you know what the fall will look like, start building a simple routine. Keep a few things to look forward to throughout the week and build in a check-in. How is everyone feeling this week? Do we need to shift a bit? Routines can adapt when something isn’t working. My biggest lesson has been to check in with myself and my family. We’ve all been in the red zone a few times. The more we know about how we are feeling, the more we can work through and manage them as we enter the “new normal” school year.