It’s that time of year when all the parents I know are talking about routine. Summer is winding down quickly, and the school year is fast approaching– just one more week for those of us in Austin. It’s time to end the long, leisurely days of summer and start thinking about how in the world we’re going to have everyone up and at ’em for the 7.45am start of the school day.
I’m encouraging my clients and friends to use this opportunity to insert more conscious wellness into their daily routines. Even if it’s something as simple as waking up 10 minutes earlier so healthy lunches can be prepped and packed– not just for the kids, but for the parents, too– you’ll be making a positive start to the day. After school time should include a healthy balance of activity, rest, and homework. Just because kids these days have a lot of scheduled activity lessons (soccer, t-ball, gymnastics, etc), don’t underestimate the physical and mental value of free play in the backyard or on a playground. You could start an after-school ‘welcome home’ routine for your kids by putting on some silly music and dancing together for a few minutes. My family likes to take a post-dinner walk (or bicycle ride) around the neighborhood after dinner during the school year. It may be only 15 minutes or so, but it’s an important part of our family time. When thinking of your evening and winding down the day, what about adding some simple stretching and deep breathing to the jammies-teeth brushing-read books routine?
I’d love to hear any other free, easy-to-do ideas for families to have a healthy, happy school year.
Good health and great happiness to you.