Back to School

It’s that time of year again, and we have rounded up some wonderful, useful information for you, as kids head back to school.

Why is a routine or ritual important?

“Structure helps kids feel safe.” ~ Benjamin R. Chan, M.D., University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

Some kids can’t wait to get back to class, see their friends, and excel at their scholastic work and extracurricular activities. Others loathe the pressure to fit in socially and fear they won’t “make the grade” intellectually.

Regardless of where your child falls on this continuum, implementing consistent back-to-school rituals and annual traditions provide children with the security and stability they need to thrive while reinforcing family bonds.

Our favourite blog, A Cup of Jo, has this great post by Joanna Goddard on her kids’ routines. We especially liked this little tip: “For each of the boys, we bring out a cake the night before the first day of school. When we turn out the lights and the boys blow out the candles, it always feels like the exact moment they’re finally ready for a new year.”

Over on Dinner: A Love Story, Jenny Rosenstrach offers menu ideas, which are lifesavers. We really want to try making the Hawaiian Pizza and Avocado Salad. Yum!

Finally, we loved this sweet story on creating rituals for your child.

Do you have rituals for your kids, or are you creating them now? Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know!





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