I'm not really sure how it happened, but August is here. And you know what that means — the countdown begins for back to school. While you are soaking in the last laidback days of summer, it's a good idea to start thinking about how you can make the school year start off with a bang.
Going to school Monday through Friday is a set schedule. But what about after school — should it be a free for all? Rather than letting your child plop down in front of the TV or iPad for hours, a set schedule that features active time, family time and screen time in addition to homework will make for a happier, healthier child.
It is recommended for children to be active at least 60 minutes daily. With schools cutting physical education classes, most kids will need to be active after school to reach the recommended time.
An easy way to get started is to establish a routine — just like reading a book before bedtime — and set aside special time for activity. Maybe it's right when your child gets home from school as a way to unwind from sitting in the classroom all day, or in between homework and dinner.