A Consistent Approach
Back-to-school can be a challenging time - for both you and your children. The change in routines might be quite different for each member of the family - earlier mornings, homework and after school activities are just a few of the changes. With a consistent approach, this change can be made relatively seamlessly. Here are five tips to help
Consistency is key. Develop and organize the family schedule. Specify times and routines for morning & bedtimes, homework, household chores and playtime. Starting early will allow you to hit the ground running when the school year gets into full swing.
Rise and shine. Establish bedtimes and times to start the day. Set a routine that will allow everybody, including you, the time they need to get organized for the following day and ready each morning.
Time and space. Assign a consistent time and place in the house for doing homework. This practice is the best way to avoid the last minute rush to finish homework, and it reinforces a structured approach to learning.
Trash duty. Whether it’s actually taking out the garbage, doing the dishes after dinner or walking the dog in the morning, having regular chores to take care of teaches children responsibility.
Fun zone. We all need a little time for ourselves. It can be as simple as playtime for younger children or even an after school sports activity or music lesson.
Before you know it, the whole family will be back into the swing of it! We hope you and your family had a fantastic summer.