After a hectic Summer, school will soon start back up. With school starting it usually means sick kids. Although we are a home schooling family, there are still things we have to do to make sure the kiddo stays healthy!
#1 Make sure the kids get plenty of rest, when going to school they should get at least 8 to 10 hours. This will in sure, they can focus during school, and they will not fall a sleep. If Gillian doesn’t get enough sleep she is grumpy and I have a hard time getting her to do school work.
#2 Lots of vitamin C! With kids that go to public schools, they are more likely to get sick so the more vitamins in their body the better.I know when Gillian, went to public school she was always getting sick. Now I make sure she has orange juice in the mornings. Never know when she will come across germs when we go to the store.
#3 If you are a home schooler make sure the kids get a lot of exercise. With not going to public school they lack the play time on the play ground, and gym class.
#4 Make sure the kids are up to date on all shots, just because you home school doesn’t mean the kiddos do not need their shots. I like to make sure Gillian gets a check up every year.
#5 Limit the intake of TV, and computer time. This will make sure the kids are more concerned about getting school work done, rather then playing video games, or watching Disney Channel. I know with Gillian if we do not set a schedule, she will watch TV while trying to do school work, and that doesn’t work so well.
#6 Get them on a routine at least 2 weeks before school starts. Wake up bright and early, eat breakfast, shower, brush teeth, and make sure they have everything in order before heading out the door, sometimes it is easier to make sure everything is in order the night before. Less rushing means less stress.
#7 Lay their clothes out the night before, this will cut back on rush time, and make #6 a lot easier!
#8 If they carry lunches, make them the night before, this is another great way to reduce stress on you as the parent.
#9 Talk about BULLYING! This is huge in the school systems, let them know that bullying is not nice, and if at any time they are the one being bullied to get help, and tell someone. I know when I was a kid I hated going to school, because of this same thing!
#10 Give lots of kisses and let them know how proud you are of them, and how great they are doing. A child is more likely to do well when they are encouraged and praised.
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