Seeing your kid succeed is enough to make any parent smile. Start the school year strong by celebrating National School Success Month with The Three R’s – Reach out, Routine, and Rest.
- REACH OUT. Meet your kid’s teachers by attending the "meet-the-teacher" night, orientation, or other welcoming events the school will likely host. Make a point of introducing yourself but don’t stop there, meet other parents, too. You’ll be surprised at how much and how often you learn from and help one another.
- ROUTINE. Establish healthy at-home routines for school days, such as consistent waking times and getting-ready patterns. Decide on a regular homework time and create a comfortable, quiet workspace. And while we’re on the topic of routines, we’re just gonna’ say it: make sure brushing and flossing is a daily habit, too. That’s not just good for school success, that’s good for life success.
- REST. Set bedtimes that allow elementary-age kids to get 10 to 12 hours of sleep; teens should get 8½ to 9½ hours.