Here are some tips to help establish and maintain a structure, keep kids healthy, and find the resources you might need for the next stage of their development.
1. Stick to a healthy bedtime routine.
Bedtime is the hardest! Kids don’t want to go to bed, yet they are exhausted – a terrible mix.
2. Keep healthy snacks handy.
Kids always seem to NEED a snack at the least convenient time. When rushed and pressed, many of us reach for the quickest and most accessible: sweets. However, with high intake of sugar kids may get hyper, then become irritable or crash.
Remember, if you fail to plan – you plan to fail!
3. Get help early.
Kids generally get into full curriculum by October. September is often when teachers assess kids’ abilities while the kids get back into the structure of learning and dust the cobwebs of what they learned last year. Still, be careful not to miss a window for early intervention if your kid is struggling!
Tip: Kids don’t always want to share this so ask them if they are learning something you know they are not- they will want to correct you.
4. Limit electronics.
After a long day at school most kids will love to come home and watch TV… while they play with another electronic gadget… with the added bonus of a sweet snack! While it’s easy to give in “for just a little”, we all know what that turns into!
5. Keep ‘em busy.
Schedule commitments and activities help with creating a routine by imposing external boundaries. Activities also allow kids to find or develop their strengths and gifts.
Each kid should participate in at least one out-of-school activity. Offer them a choice, or give them a chance to try their hand at different activities.
What are your proven tactics for getting kids back into the groove of school year?
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