Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's School Time!!!

It's that time of year again- back to school time!  While most parents are ready to send their little ones back to school, it's important to make sure the kids are ready, as well.  Aside from the hand writing, scissor skills, spelling, reading, etc., kids need to be physically ready for school.  Working in the school environment, we hear all the time about the importance of kids getting enough sleep.  A tired child is not as able to learn as easily as a well rested child.  Think of your productivity at the office when you didn't get enough sleep the night before- it is not up to par.  Same goes for a child in school.  We know the summer brings a relaxed schedule, with later bedtimes.  If your child has not yet started the school year, start now by having your child go to bed earlier each night until he/she is at school bedtime.  Practice getting up earlier, too, so your child is able to do so for school.  Remember, consistency is key.  Children love routines and their bodies flourish by having them. Get an alarm clock, many different, and inexpensive models found at stores like Target and Walmart, and Kohls.  Have your child work on waking up to the alarm clock.


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