Phylis Reardon M.Ed.
This is an article I wrote and posted last year and I thought it worthwhile to repost. Please share with friends.
Parents, Want Your Child to be Successful in School? Life Coaching Activities to Increase Physical and Mental Energy
The first day of school is just days away. How ready are you?
School supplies are purchased; new clothes are hanging in the closet; information has been downloaded from the school website.
What else do you need to know or recall?
The importance of your child’s physical and mental energy to school success.
Success in school depends to a large degree on just how ready your child is each and every day to be able to concentrate and comprehend the new information that is presented in at least five different areas of knowledge. Think of that. One class finishes and another begins. They need to change gears in thinking and processing.
This takes both physical and mental energy.
Here are a few life coaching activities that I used as a parent of four and with my clients as a life coach. Please use and share them.
I call it my SEA Plan…….Sleep….Eat…….Action
1. Sleep is essential to maintaining both physical and mental energies. As the summer comes to an end it is sometimes difficult to get back into the school routine of early to bed. You might want to start now to adjust bedtime. Each night between now and the first school night move your child’s bed time 15 minutes ahead until you achieve the desired time.
2. You are what you eat so make sure your child’s meals give him/her the needed energy. Choose foods that are healthy and natural. Take time before school begins to sit with your son/daughter and create a weekly menu; this will reduce your work load and help avoid reaching for less healthy foods and snacks. Grocery shop together. Discuss the ingredients and benefits of certain snacks and then decide on the healthy ones.
3. Activity is key to physical and mental energy. Remember at the end of the day that your child for the most part has been physically inactive for about 5 hours. Make sure your daughter/son has physical activity after school and before starting homework. Activity appropriate for their age group. If you have the time go for a walk or hike with them. This also gives you a chance for one on one talk.
Enjoy your child’s school year! If you have any questions or would like more tips please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org