“Well, that’s the last of it,” my mom announced as she came bustling in with a monstrous box of books and closed the door against the sultry summer air. This was four years ago and we had just downsized from my beautiful childhood home to a tiny townhouse in time for me to start high school, the reason for our move. My new school was not only gorgeous, it was renowned for its superior academics – absolutely worthy of the change in our living conditions. It was my dream school and I was now to sign up for my dream classes.
Congratulations! You and your children have made it through the first few weeks of school. The schedules are filling up quickly and hopefully everyone seems to be finding the rhythm of their routines. Here are a few tips to ensuring you and your family experience a healthy and happy school year.
Kids hate it, adults love it, and we all need it. Sleep is a major player when it comes to the health of our bodies and brains, and it can affect us in very positive or negative ways. Within the last few decades, there have been several studies that have shown that during sleep the neural connections in our brains are strengthened and replenished, resulting in improved memory and clearer thought processes. This has thoroughly debunked the common thought that pulling an ‘all-nighter’ to study before an exam is a good thing to do.
Making sure our kids are getting the rest they need can be challenging in our busy lives. Yet our little ones need ample rest to perform well in school as and all their extracurricular activities. Prolonged lack of sleep can manifest itself in a number of negative ways in children including hyperactivity, poor academic performance, difficulty falling asleep or waking in the morning, behavioral issues, and more.
Let’s look at a few ways we can ensure our kids are spending enough time with good ‘ol Mr. Sandman.