2. Start the Routine a Little Early

I remember being absolutely appalled by the knowledge that I suddenly had to get up early five days a week for nine months – and I had to go to bed early too! My parents fixed this problem by gradually changing my routine throughout the month of August.

Going to bed early wasn't much of a problem because even before kindergarten, staying up was a special treat. I loved my sleep as a little kid though; still do. So, every few days, I had to get up a little earlier. That way the transition into school wasn't so jarring – and my parents didn't have such a cranky kid. It's a habit I kept up all the way through high school. Of course, once I hit tenth grade and felt grown, I kind of threw it by the wayside, but still.

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