Back to school usually means that families get back into a routine with sports, education and other activities. The first couple of weeks can be difficult with a new schedule, teachers and coaches who all expect kids to be at their best. Below are tips on helping get your kids into the back to school rhythm.
Use Your School Calendar
Many schools today are using technology to keep parents up-to-date on a daily basis. Make sure to download the information and sync it with your own schedule. By knowing what your kids are doing each day, you alleviate stress and anxiety in your children and your own life.
Create a Homework Routine
Make a special place for your child to do homework. Set it up with the right supplies and good lighting. The area should be quiet and distraction-free. If one child has homework, but the others don’t, have the ones that don’t have homework spend time reading or doing an activity that is quiet so siblings can focus.
Provide Healthy Food
Plan meals ahead to create nutritious options. Keep an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand for snacking. Look for brain food snacks, such as nuts, coconut and blueberries. Incorporate fish, whole grains, beets and eggs into your daily menu. Healthy food most of the time means that you don’t have to stress when you are rushed for time and need to stop for a fast food meal.
Make Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep
Most children need more sleep than one would initially think. Know how much sleep is recommended for your child based on their age. Establish a bedtime and wake-up routine that lets them get enough rest. You may need to make sure that they aren’t staying up using their electronic devices but do give them a quiet option for times when they just can’t doze off. Teach your child to relax. Reading before bed can be a great option as a quiet transition into sleep, as well as soft music.
Consider Chiropractic Care
Children who participate in activities like sports, skating or riding a bike can experience small spinal misalignments. Family chiropractic care can put the body into a better state of health and well-being by maintaining nerve system function.
Talk About School
Don’t just ask, “How was school today?” Use engaging, open-ended questions, like “What was your favorite thing that happened today and why?” or “What did you learn today?” You want to get your child talking about their day instead of responding “fine” or “good.” Use active listening skills while your child talks and you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn about them.