Making the Summer to Fall Transition
By Julia Chiarella-Genoni – Ask Mama Moe
This has been an unusually mellow and warm month of September so far and I am absolutely not complaining!
In fact, it may very be the first seasonal transition that we have actually had that I can remember! Our fall season is never gradual. We tend to go from shorts one day, to winter coat the next. And for kids, it can get a little confusing, so if you aren’t ready as a parent, before you know it, someone is coming home with a cold.
Here’s a surefire way to get your kids ready for the seasonal switch.
Having a basket at the front entrance for each child is a perfect way to make sure they each have what they need. Pick up some rings and add a picture to them for the little ones so they can see their face and know which basket is theirs.
Before the temperature starts to drastically change, take some time with your child to empty their basket from the previous season. Right now, ours are filled with baseball caps, soccer socks and tennis balls.
Fall/winter season holds the most stuff in the baskets, so we take our winter bin out of storage and go through it with them. Inevitably, they have grown out of things and we need to replace winter gloves/mitts, and possibly (later in the year) ski socks.
I make it a point to put the winter stuff at the bottom of the baskets now, so they are at the ready when they need it later. Currently, a baseball cap lives on top until it gets too cold, and some little stretch gloves are close by for cold mornings.
Having a basket in the front of your home also helps the kids get used to putting things away. If they are already in school, they know the drill, so help them keep up the same routine at home.
At this point, check the sizes of their jackets and winter snow suits. If they don’t fit anymore, it’s a great time to teach your children to hand down their items to those less fortunate.
Other essentials, ready to go
I also have a small plastic bin on the top of our front table with sunscreen (yes, you still need it!), a tiny first-aid kit, bug spray, and sunglasses. It helps us get out the door with what we need when we are going for an activity.
Now that school is in session, here’s a little tip. Season changes can lead to wet grass during recess and lunch breaks. I pack an extra set of socks, plus a couple of band-aids in a small reusable bag to stay in their backpacks. They might not need it, but it will be there for them if they do.
For very little ones starting school, it’s a good idea to add another shirt and underwear should any accidents happen.
I hope this helps you ease into the colder weather with less stress!