It’s hard to believe that back-to-school time is already here! Many families struggle with re-establishing a routine. Here are some tips to ease back in to early mornings and busy days:
#1- Get the right amount of sleep
Summer tends to alter students’ sleep schedules. Readjusting to early mornings can cause a lot of stress during the early weeks of school. Lack of sleep can lead to poor concentration, changes in behavior and difficulty learning. It is recommended that kids ages 5-12 get between 9-11 hours of sleep per night and teens between 8-10 hours.
#2- Create good homework habits
Find a quiet and distraction-free setting where your student can focus. And choose a time that works for your child too – some students prefer to tackle homework first-thing after school, others need some wind-down time. Positive feedback and praise can also go a long way in keeping your student motivated.
Breakfast is a key part in a student’s day. Children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to meet daily nutrient requirements, be at a healthy weight, miss fewer days of school, and be more attentive. Healthy breakfast choices can include things such as whole grains, lean protein (such as peanut butter or hard-boiled eggs), low fat dairy (milk, plain yogurts, cottage cheese), and fruits and vegetables. Avoid sugary cereals and choices that can lead to blood sugar spikes and dips.
#4- Limit technology time
Putting some parameters around screen time ensures students are able to re-establish a good routine – including getting ample sleep and completing homework and studying.
#5 – Seek help when needed
Sometimes students need additional help with new concepts being introduced in the classroom, or some enhanced reading support. Or maybe they are exhibiting behaviors that are concerning to parents. Seeking guidance from a professional can help pinpoint issues and get your child outside support they may need.
#6- Create a visual schedule
Creating clear expectations for students sets everyone up for success. A chore chart, daily to-do list or visual schedule (including pictures for younger students!) can be helpful so everyone knows what’s expected and what to anticipate for the day.