How to help your students get back into the groove.

Updated: Aug 30

It happens every year. Summer ends and suddenly, it is time to go back to school.


What can you do as a parent to ease the transition from summer and set your family up for a successful school year?


Here are 4 tips that will help families and students big and small.


Tip #1 - Time Management


Students of all ages and their parents can benefit from building strong time management skills. Start now and it will be a lifelong asset. Layout the expectations with your students and then together build a plan and routine that will work for each of you. Allowing your student to select the type of planner, calendar, or time management tools they want to use will give them agency in their own success. The responsibility of the adult is to follow up and make sure they use what they chose and also to let them know it is ok to try different approaches until they find the one that works best.



Tip #2 - Do the work


The best-laid plan and schedule mean nothing if there is no execution. Make sure that your students stick to it. It is easy to get overwhelmed and distracted, especially at the beginning of the new school year. It may take a few weeks to get back into the groove, but as the parent, stay strong. This time of year presents new challenges and schedule changes for parents too.



Tip #3 - Take a break and be social


Set aside time as a family to connect. Busy schedules will try to get in the way. The brain will need a break. Try taking a walk or getting outside as a family. If game night doesn't work maybe a snack break will be a better fit as a time to touch base. Encourage after-school activities that involve friends and other students. Keep checking in with your student to see how things are progressing.


Tip #4 - Stay Healthy


Adults and students will all benefit from eating well, exercising, and a bedtime routine. Follow a balanced diet paying attention to the USDA recommendations based on age. Make sure that your children take breaks from the computer and screen and move their bodies. A sleep schedule sets everyone up for a great next day. Turn off the screens at least 30 minutes before sleep. the optimal sleeping space is a cool dark bedroom with comfortable bedding.



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