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Back To School Survival Tips

Your children are heading back to school and your schedule is reaching its breaking point! Everyone could use a few tips now and then to help lighten the load. Below are simple ways to help you and your child sail through the year with tips on homework, travel, and packing lunch!

Help With Homework

These days it seems like children have more homework to do at younger ages. How can you help them start better study habits to plant the seed for a successful future?

  • Provide a quiet, well-lit "homework spot"- Make sure that it is a separate space that they know is for homework. Doing so will relieve them of distractions like TV, games, noises, etc.
  • Schedule a regular time for completing homework- The optimal time is right when they get home from school or after a healthy snack. Try not to wait until after dinner or right before bed to start homework because your child will have to "restart" their brains and focusing will become more difficult.
  • Have your child do their challenging homework first- Fatigue sets in fast when it comes to homework! Have your child begin with the subject that is most difficult for them so that most of their energy can be spent their. Other subjects that come easier to them will not be as hard to complete when fatigue starts taking over.
  • Reward homework progress- Everyone needs a little incentive to get the job done! The rewards can be as small as choosing the toppings on the pizza or as big as going to their favorite movie. Children are more likely to respond positively to homework if they can see a short term benefit from doing it.

Traveling To and From School

  • Take A Walk!- Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Stranger Danger- Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't know well or don't trust.
  • Get the Gear- If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent!

Lunch Tips!

Is packing up your little ones lunch starting to be a bit too stressful? Try out these tips to help lighten the chaos in the morning!

  • Double Up!- While making dinner make double the servings so you can pack up the just as delicious left overs for the next day. This also helps save time in the morning when everything is so rushed!
  • Help Wanted- Why not teach your children how to make a sandwich or other simple foods and have them help you with the task. You will get some bonding time in and get lunch packed while you're at it!
  • Sprinkle in the Fun! - Adding a small note or treat inside will brighten up your child's day and make lunch more exciting for them. All the other kids at lunch will wish they had a mom like you!

 

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Resources:
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/seven-back-to-school-lunch-tips.htm
http://www.examiner.com/x-3958-Atlanta-Northside-Family--Parenting-Examiner~y2009m8d19-BacktoSchool-101-Top-10-parent-tips-to-reduce-homework-hassles