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Among the information your child will bring home from school, you will probably find a school lunch menu. Most schools still have a campus cafeteria where the children are served hot meals, while some schools have lunches provided by various fast food restaurants. Whatever the case may be in your area, you can establish a lunch routine for your child. My child and I look over the monthly lunch menu together. We decide on two days each month where he can have the school lunch and circle them. The rest of the days, he brings lunch from home. Each evening, we pack his lunch together, including a snack that he can eat during his nutritional break. This works well for us because we don't need to scramble to throw a lunch together in the morning. The additional bonus is the responsibility that my son learns.


A routine for selecting the day's clothing is heartily recommended for parents of boys and girls alike, if not to prevent morning battles, then to prevent unexpected surprises. With your child, select and set out clothes the night before , including undergarments, socks, shoes, and jackets. This will keep you from running late in the morning if a wayward shoe finds its way between the sofa cushions. It will also give you a chance to do a load of laundry that evening, if necessary, to clean a Girl Scout uniform or a favorite pair of jeans. Some schools have spirit days where the students are encouraged to wear school colors, special school T-shirts, or particular items ("Hat Day" or "Pajama Day" are examples of this.). Make sure to include this information on your calendar and check it regularly with your child.


With the amount of distraction provided by today's complicated lifestyles, it is easy to see how people can become victims of stress and fatigue. Children need to learn how to manage their lives, and will do so by following the examples set for them by the adults in their lives. Establishing a schedule for your family and sticking to it as much as possible is one way for children to learn how to prioritize and maximize their time. As the parent I initially described in this piece later learned, developing a routine can also help you sleep better.

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