Overcoming the Winter School Day Blahs
School is back in session. The mornings are dark and the evenings are even darker. It is cold, windy, and snowing outside. How do we keep our energy up and our kids focused at school? Here are suggestions shared by parents at a recent workshop:
- Have children wake up to an alarm clock playing happy music each morning.
- Teach children how to breathe deeply each morning as we engage them in some morning stretching and yoga types of exercise.
- Allow enough time for kids to get dressed, make their beds, and eat a nutritious breakfast.
- Sing songs as we walk or drive our kids to school.
- Help them pack a nutritional lunch and snacks for school.
- Plan for outside play each day after school.
- Balance the afternoon play with a nutritional snack.
- Make time for homework in an organized workspace with limited distractions.
- Engage your family in nightly family discussions during dinner.
- Schedule quality time with each child and read to them at bedtime each night.