Family Tip of the Week: Routines and schedules start the year right

The start of a new school year is exciting. But it means kids and parents will need to make some adjustments.

Here are some ways to get your family back into a good routine for the school year:

  1. Set the rules. Make sure your child knows what you expect now that he is in school. Set a specific time to do homework. Enforce rules for TV watching. Set aside some time each day for reading.
  2. Create a chart for the first few weeks of school— until your routines become habits. Give your child a gold star on days when he does everything without being asked.
  3. Manage correspondence. The start of the school year means a lot of paper going between home and school. Set up a place where your child can put all the paperwork from school. Sign it and put it back in his book bag by the next day.

Keep track of schedules. Post a calendar where everyone will see it. Then have everyone write down their assignments and activities as they are scheduled. This will help you plan ahead. If your child knows a book report is due the day after a soccer game, he’ll see that he needs to finish it early.

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