Getting back into the routine school time demands offers no easy feat, especially with the extended stay home this year. Getting on a schedule (in bed before 9pm, dinner before 7 etc.) needs to fall back into its place and ideally, as seamless as possible.
- Organized space of learning is REQUIRED- My kids felt that learning at home meant the freedom of learning where they wanted to learn, which didn’t pan out so hot. Structure starts in the home. Period. An organized, intentional “own” space of learning is a must this time around.
- Virtual learning means A LOT of technology time (which I slightly dread for this generation). We started limiting the amount of time our children were allowed on a device. This was prudent for a healthy grasp on the privileges and responsibility this offers and requires.
- Sleep. Kids need it more than us adults do. But are they really getting enough? Experts say, no. Most kids don’t get enough sleep. They need nearly 10 to 11 hours a night, but most get only about 9.5. – Establish a down time (even if it’s 7:30pm) Ideally to be asleep by 8 pm. Perhaps reading time. Night time routines like washing face with warm water, brushing teeth and fixing chamomile tea. Turning off the wireless router for WIFI to help natural melatonin production. Staying off electronics at a certain time, say 7pm. These are all things worth implementing to make this transition smoother.
- As these times present a lot of firsts for all of us, I think we need to be mindful of our littles threshold for this new stress. I am personally passionate about the development in our youth for both body, mind and spirit. COVID is an ACES* in the making. My goal is to create an abundant amount of positive memories; because these times are not only going to act as the academic development but also as the epigenetic engineer in your child’s development.
- Nutrition; food is fuel. Having healthy snacks like veggies and fruits available, instead of less nutrient dense foods like chips and cookies. This keeps kids from eating too many empty calories. Try to think of snack times as additional opportunities during the day for kids to eat more of the foods they might not be getting enough of in their main meals.