To Avoid back to mayhem, Dayton Parent has came up with a great list of tips on how to get your kids and yourself back into the swing of things. Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help yourself out and study up on some of the tips listed below.
GET CHILDREN BACK TO THEIR SLEEPING ROUTINE
Try practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first week of day of school go much smoother.
PROVIDE HEALTHY MEALS
Hungry kids can’t concentrate on learning, so good nutrition plays an important role in your child’s school performance. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. They may not like it, but it will be good for them in the end.
PREPARE YOUR STUDY AREA
Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child’s work. By having a designated study area where there is no distractions like tv, video games, phones, etc. will really help your kid focus on the task at hand.
SET A COUPLE OF GOALS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
Try sitting down with your child and discussing what they would like to accomplish for the school year wether its getting all A’s and B’s on their report cards or making more friends. Whatever the goal or goals are make sure to write them down and put them in a safe place until the end of the school year. Hopefully by doing this, it will get them excited about school!
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT ANY CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE
The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a chance to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.
Take the challenge to read with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.
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