For most of us, summer is over and the school year has commenced. We want our children to get their school year and studies off to the best start possible. How can we help them accomplish their goals? As parents, it’s important to stress the importance of making schoolwork and homework a priority and we need to provide our children with an atmosphere conducive to good study skills. Showing that it’s a priority for us as parents will help our children realize the importance of it all.
It’s a proven fact that having a healthy breakfast is important when it comes to school and studies. However, so many families are stressed to the max on time and budget, making a home-cooked breakfast somewhat tougher to accomplish. Try to facilitate your children’s healthy food choices by stocking up the refrigerator with fresh fruit and veggies, and if you buy microwave breakfast items, look for the choices that are not high in fat, calories and sugars. Give your kids some grab and go choices. A sandwich made with healthy whole grain bread with peanut butter and banana slices packs an energy punch to start the day. Or, hard-boil some eggs and peel, and keep them in ziplock bags in the refrigerator. Nothing could be quicker or easier! And two hard-boiled eggs are a protein powerhouse too.
Make sure that you implement rules about watching television and playing video games on the game console too. A no television rule until homework is completed is a very good start. Also, of course, monitor the length of time and hours your children are watching television and playing games. If it’s possible, having a dedicated computer desk or work area for homework is ideal, but of course many of us with use the dining room table or any other clear area for our kids’ homework spot. That is OK! As long as they are opening up their notebooks or laptops, the exact spot doesn’t matter too much. It’s all good as long as there are some family rules and understanding about where homework is done, when its done, and all the rest.
This school year can be just fantastic! Get things off to the best start possible with a clear plan in place and approach it together as a family!