School Days - Top 10 Tips For Establishing A Good Routine

Written by Lindsay Small


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6. Nail up a notice board

Keep a notice board at "base camp" so that you can pin up reminders, invitations, school menus or whatever else you need to keep tabs on.

7. Do it now!

If anything comes home from school that requires your attention, do it immediately. Fill out forms and put them straight back intorepparttar satchel. Write dates into your diary there and then, and replyrepparttar 150432 same day too. If you postpone it, you will forget it!

8. Give homework a home

Establish a place and time for doing homework and stick to it. Keep dictionaries and other necessary books nearby, as well as a spare set of pencils, rulers and other stationery you might need. Make sure that homework is put back into satchels as soon as it is completed and that satchels are returned to "base camp" straightaway. Get out a kitchen timer if kids are reluctant to start (or finish!)

9. Be prepared

If your car is running short of petrol (gas), fill it up onrepparttar 150433 way home from school inrepparttar 150434 afternoon rather than panickingrepparttar 150435 following morning! As you drive home, run a mental check on whether you haverepparttar 150436 necessary supplies for dinner, and breakfast. Nothing makes kids more miserable inrepparttar 150437 morning than an empty fridge.

10. Get ahead

Set your alarm to wake you up 10 minutes earlier than usual. You will be amazed at how much more in control that 10 minutes will make you feel. And finally, leave for school 5 minutes early. Arriving early takes away an enormous amount of stress and will put your children inrepparttar 150438 right mood for school.

Are you convinced? Start initiating some routines in your school days and you and your kids will feelrepparttar 150439 benefits very quickly. Making sure that your kids feel comfortable and in control before they get to school gives themrepparttar 150440 best possible start to a school day. And once they get used to afternoon and evening routines for homework and preparation forrepparttar 150441 day ahead, nighttimes become more peaceful too.

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." ~ John Dryden

Lindsay Small is the creator and editor of Activity Village - providing the ultimate one-stop resource for parents and teachers looking to educate and entertain their kids. Visit the website at http://www.ActivityVillage.co.uk and subscribe to the free newsletter at http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/free_newsletter.htm


Got To, Get To Ė Change The Way Your Family Thinks

Written by Lindsay Small


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I thought ofrepparttar story last night when my little girl was using every delaying tactic inrepparttar 150431 book about going to bed, and just refused to settle down. I caught myself thinking, ďOh no, Iíve got to go upstairs, missrepparttar 150432 end ofrepparttar 150433 television show Iím watching, and calm her down and settle her into bedĒ Ö but quickly replacedrepparttar 150434 thought with something alongrepparttar 150435 lines of ďIím lucky that I "get to" spend 5 quiet minutes with this funny, amazing little girl, even if I am tired and could do with some rest!Ē

And I thought ofrepparttar 150436 story again just this morning whenrepparttar 150437 beeper on my tumble dryer annoyed me into emptying my clean washing! I turned some very negative, lazy thinking around by reminding myself that I was lucky to have a tumble dryer,repparttar 150438 clothes to put into it, andrepparttar 150439 family to be washing them for! It was still a chore but somehow it didnít seem such a bad one anymore.

My husband reminds himself ofrepparttar 150440 story whenrepparttar 150441 alarm clock goes off early inrepparttar 150442 morning and he struggles out of bed and torepparttar 150443 train. He "gets to" go to work. Many people donít. And I think of it when I am sitting, uninspired, in front of my computer, wishing that I didnít have admin or website chores to do for Activity Village. The thought doesnít last long. I may have admin and website chores to do, but I also "get to" provide activities and inspiration to parents, teachers and children aroundrepparttar 150444 world every week. How lucky can I be?

Lindsay Small is the creator and editor of Activity Village.co.uk - providing the ultimate one-stop resource for parents and teachers looking to educate and entertain their kids. Visit the website at http://ww.ActivityVillage.co.uk and subscribe to the free newsletter at http://www.ActivityVillage.co.uk/free_newsletter.co.uk


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