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October

Now that the school year is in full-swing, it’s a good time to stop and think about how routines – homework, meals and bedtimes – are going.
  Two of the most helpful things we can do for our children is provide healthy food and establish strong routines, including bedtimes.  I know I’m not sharing anything novel but rather suggesting a “status update.”

I found an article “10 Healthy Habits Parents Should Teach Their Kids” that’s a good start:

  1. Make eating colorful
  2. Don’t skip breakfast
  3. Pick enjoyable physical activities
  4. Don’t be a couch potato
  5. Read every day
  6. Drink water, not soda
  7. Look at labels (food labels, not designer)
  8. Enjoy a family dinner
  9. Spend time with friends
  10. Stay positive

While nutrition is certainly important (half of this list references smart eating habits), I’m disappointed the list leaves off any reference to sleep.  Study after study has shown the importance of good sleep habits including getting enough sleep.  And yes, the reality of early bedtimes can be very challenging with all that families have on their schedules.  If you want to take a read of one mom’s bedtime views, her Filter Free Parents article can be found here.

And to return to nutrition (see it’s that important), that includes snacks – both at home and at school.  The Dairy Council of California created a great flyer about snacks (click here).  One tip that I thought was really helpful when thinking about school snacks is “Combine snacks from at least two food groups to pack more nutrients into your child’s diet—it will be more filling and will hold them over until their next meal.”



September

I hope this email finds everyone well and settling into the routine of the school year.
  It’s been exciting to see all the students over the last few weeks and especially fun to meet all our new students.  This school year is extra-special for me as my daughter started kindergarten in our town.

Being a school counselor I’ve read about the transition back to school but hadn’t experienced it firsthand.
  So yes, I’ve now witnessed the meltdowns over socks or ChapStick that really aren’t about socks or ChapStick.

For those of you experiencing this for the first time or those who could use a reminder that much of what we’re experiencing as parents of young students is normal, here are links to two blog articles about after-school restraint collapse.

Motherly: After-school restraint collapse is real – here’s how to help your child

Scary Mommy: After-school restraint collapse is real, and this is what it means
(There is some colorful language used.)

For those of you new to Stepney, I will teach a counseling lesson in each classroom four times spread out over the course of the year.
  At the bottom of my monthly emails will be a list of the most recent lesson for each grade level.

I wish all of you a great last weekend of summer and a fantastic school year!

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