By Jessica Vician
It seems that we celebrate the New Year twice a year—once on January 1 and once when school starts. After all, a new school year affects our annual calendar more than the official holiday. As we change our routine with the new school year, it's a great opportunity to reflect on the previous school year and set goals for the upcoming school year.
This year, I challenge you to sit with your children and discuss their "Back to School Resolutions." Think about and ask these questions:
- What does your child want to accomplish this year?
- What were the best parts of the last school year?
- What were the hardest parts?
- What are they excited about this year?
It's a great time for your family to reevaluate priorities and form resolutions to keep everyone organized, happy, and healthy for this school year. Here are some suggestions to consider for your resolutions:
- Physical fitness—Are your kids getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day? Are you getting at least 30 minutes a day?
- Nutrition—Is everyone eating whole foods with vitamins, protein, and fiber?
- Sleep—Most kids should get at least 10 hours of sleep a night and adults should get eight hours.
- Study goals—Do your kids have a specific place to go for quite, uninterrupted study time each day?
- Music—Which instruments are your children learning? Are you exposing them to a new style of music?
- Teacher partnership—Have you introduced yourself to your children's teachers and communicated a desire to partner with them for your child's success?
What is your family prioritizing this school year? Tell us in the comments below.