A fresh start to a new school year

 Begin the new school year with both enthusiasm and grace by establishing healthy routines for the family.

Start off right. Begin the day with family prayer and a healthy breakfast.  Children who eat a well-balanced breakfast do better on tests and tend to be more focused. Plus, if we place ourselves in God’s hands each morning, he’ll be sure to watch over the entire family.

Stay active. Spending hours each day at school limits outside activity. Be sure to curb television and screen time in favor of recreational or school sports. Or, commit to regular exercise as a family. Go on hikes, bike rides, walks to the park or tend the garden.

Support education. Send the message that school is important. Set a homework schedule and stick to it. Get involved in school activities or become a parent volunteer. Partner with teachers.

 

Bless bedtime. Getting enough sleep each night contributes to success. Help children observe regular bedtimes.  After prayers, bless each child by tracing a cross on his or her forehead. Falling asleep in God’s care is certain to sweeten dreams. 

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