The lazy days of summer are over in Nebraska as children head back to school. Instead of sleeping in, alarm clocks are ringing early and adjusting to a new schedule can be tough. Lifestyle expert Terra Wellington says setting some ground rules can make the change easier for both parents and children.
Wellington says, “It is very important not to over schedule your kids. Of course our brain need challenges but in order to do well with homework there needs to be time to do it. You need to strike that balance between what is fun and develop skills but also allows for unstructured time and family time. You need to sometimes even make slots on the day you don’t schedule to allow this flexibility.”
In the back to school rush, Wellington says it is easy to overlook some things like an eye check. She says 80-percent of all learning is visual and if a child isn’t seeing the board or the books they can’t learn. Catching eye problems and correcting them early is an important part of a child’s health.
Wellington says children will do much better if they get plenty of sleep and their diet is packed with healthy and nutritious meals and snacks.