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Get Set for Success this School Year

Get Set for Success this School Year  8/17/18

 

One of the best things parents can do for their children is to establish and maintain routines.  This is true at all ages, and has a huge influence on children and their success at school. 

Simply put, children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent.  Having a routine reduces hassles, builds good habits and cuts back the amount of energy needed to figure out what to do next.

 

Knowing what comes next in their day gives children a sense of safety. With that, they are able to build  independence, and develop self-control, positive behaviors, and social skills.

Good morning and evening routines at home can propel us forward into having a good day at school, or at work. 

There’s truth in the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Take a couple of minutes to figure out what kinds of routines will work best for your family.  What will help promote wind-down and relax without melt-downs at night?  What needs to happen to get the day off to a smooth start in the morning?

If you feel like need a few good ideas to help you get started, take a look at what University of Wisconsin Extension offers at https://fyi.uwex.edu/parentingthepreschooler/relationships/routines/,  or check out the American Academy of Pediatrics suggestions for weekday morning, afterschool, evening, bedtime, and weekend routines at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/family-dynamics/Pages/The-Importance-of-Family-Routines.aspx

Sources:  University of Wisconsin Extension, American Academy of Pediatrics (www.HealthyChildren.org), and 5 Things Every Parent Should Know at the Start of the School Year (www.afineparent.com)

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