As the new school year rolls around we want to help our families accomplish their goals. Homework, extra-curricular activities, healthy snacks – there is plenty to consider! Make homework a priority – perhaps allow time for a healthy snack and some brief downtime once the kids are home – then get homework done promptly.
Having the kids do their homework at the kitchen table while you prepare dinner is a great way to let them work independently but keep an eye on their progress and be available for questions. Your older kids may have their own desk in their room or a laptop they use for their homework – make sure that they understand homework first, chatting and socializing later. Stress that you expect this, and that you will check up on them regularly!
As much as your kids beg and cajole. allowing them to do their homework in front of the television is not the best idea. Instead, offer television time or video gaming time as a reward for finishing their homework promptly and correctly.
When it comes to healthy snacks and lunches, involving the kids in their preparation is a great way to get them on-board. And, age is no limit when it comes to helping:
– Your 12-year old can be tasked with washing and cutting up fresh veggies and fruits and storing them ready to go in the refrigerator.
– Your 8-year can be tasked with getting 4 cherry tomatoes and 4 carrot sticks into each snack baggie and sealing it up.
– Your 5-year old can get the lunch boxes from their shelf in the morning or put them away each afternoon.
It’s all about making it a family affair. No matter if your family is big or small, work together to make this school year a successful one.