A new school year is starting, so it's back to making lunches, early nights and early mornings. Homework and extra-curricular activities will occupy the evening hours, so planning your daily activities is key.
Here are a few tried and tested pointers:
Going to bed early and getting a good night's sleep will ensure your child has enough energy to last throughout the day.
*Set -- and enforce -- regular weekday and weekend bedtimes.
(Don't forget to brush after eating breakfast!!)
Have a complete breakfast, include proteins and fiber.
(try to stay away from empty calorie foods like doughnuts, sugary cereals, pop tarts, etc.)
Eat healthy snacks throughout the day, like fruits and veggies.
Create an after-school schedule that allows time for snack, relaxation, play and study.
Use positive phrasing, such as "You can go outside after your homework is done," rather than "You're not going outside until this is finished."
Do something fun to diffuse this stressful time of year for all of you.
Take a breath!