The back-to-school transition can be tough on kids, especially after the year we’ve had. Whether your kids can’t wait to get back to full-time, in-person school or if they prefer to school at home, here are suggestions to help your family build healthy habits for a positive new school year.
Practice and Motivate
Consistently practicing good habits helps kids build willpower to successfully tackle challenges they’ll encounter. According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, dozens of studies show that self-discipline has a bigger effect on academic performance than intellectual talent. Duhigg reports the most successful habits include a written plan followed by specific routines.
Set small, manageable goals using a planner and celebrate wins with rewards. “Anything you can do to help your children practice independence, even chores, will help them gain the confidence they need for school,” says Coreen Jacobson, English teacher at Mann Middle School in San Diego’s College Area. Read more at San Diego Family Magazine.