Practical Tips for August

End of summer vacation routines; begin a week or two before the first day of school.

  • Make bedtime 15 minutes earlier. Keep it there for a day or two, then back it up again.  Keep moving in 15 minutes increments until your child is going to sleep at the time they need to on a school night.

  • Remember to wake them up 15 minutes earlier too!

  • Plan a wake up time that allows your children to be ready to leave without having to frantically rush around the house in the morning. Starting the day in a good mood is better for everyone—children and parents.

  • Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated; it just has to be eaten. A toasted waffle with peanut butter or a different spread is quick, easy, and portable if you’re running late.

  • Establish the afternoon routine from the first day. Homework has to get done.  When it gets done is a different issue.  If your child needs to move his body before he can focus on homework send him out for a bit before he begins.  If it’s a struggle for him to complete it in one sitting break the assignment into manageable pieces and have him take short breaks between chunks.

  • Homework is your child’s responsibility; the environment is your responsibility. Make sure all technology is off and out of reach (phones, ipads, computer, tv, etc.) so the focus is solely on homework.  Multi-tasking is NOT a desired skill.

  • End summer vacation with a family tradition.

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