Transitioning from one school year to the next can be difficult for children, especially children with special needs. As a whole, our children go through changes every day; however, within the school system, they face these changes every year. Their friends change, their teachers change, the curriculum changes, etc. Due to these changes, it is so critical that we, as parents remain consistent in providing our children with the support and routines that they need in helping them function during this school year and within the upcoming school years that lies ahead.
Routines that can help our children stay mentally focused are as follows:
Prayer- Prayer is an effective measure in releasing our fears, doubts, etc. With prayer children will often find that their strength is renewed, and by faith in what they have prayed for, they are aware that they can successfully do all things through Christ who strengthens them. In addition, children who have a faith believing upbringing are often assured that God will do exceedingly and abundantly all that they ask in Jesus name.
Breakfast- As an important meal of the day, Breakfast has been at the top of that list for centuries. There are a substantial amount of individuals who skip breakfast, and that make work wonderfully for them; however, often times than not our children eat lunch at school at different times throughout the day. Lunch time in this current school year may be different from what they were accustomed to during the summer break and/or during the previous school year; that is why it is so important to make sure that they are well nourished and fed prior to going to school. Breakfast doesn’t have to be IHOP or Denny’s fancy but it should be of such that allows our children to replenish and repair the essential tissues in their bodies while refueling their stored energy.
Sleep Cycles- Most children do not like to go to bed early, and if your child is anything like mine, then I’m sure you have heard “one more hour please, mom.” Studies tell us that children (teens included) need and require between 8-12 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause damaging effects. With sleep, our children are able to recuperate and prepare for the next days activities, boost their immune systems, increases their energy and helps them to stay focused while improving their mental and physical health.
The three routines that I listed above are just some of the routines that I discuss in my consultant and coaching sessions with parents in establishing and implementing a routine that would be beneficial to their child’s and/or children’s routine. If you would like to know more or if you require a consultant and coach to assist you, your family or you child(ren) with a particular area in your life, please feel
free to contact me at www.daretobeextraordinary.org or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.