- Try to stick to a bedtime even for teenagers. Sleep deprivation can cause your child to have difficulty paying attention, staying awake, perform well on tests, have mood swings and affect their behavior. Teens need 8 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. While sometimes homework or activities may interfere with their sleep routine, it is important for parents to set a bedtime and enforce it as much as possible.
- Set up a family rule that after lights out, no iPods, texting, phone calls or television are allowed. Teens tend to sleep with their cell phones so they don’t miss a text message. This causes them to not sleep fitfully and can lead to sleep problems such as insomnia.
- Eat healthy! Nutrition is brain food! Pack fruits and veggies into their lunchboxes. Try to avoid sugary drinks and treats which for many children may trigger hyperactivity.
- Allow no more than 1-2 hours per day of media time. This includes listening to music, watching tv, playing video games or updating Facebook. Don’t let them become couch potatoes!
- Try to eat at least two meals together every day as a family without the television on. This is your opportunity for each person to talk about their day….a good way to find out what’s happening in your child's world.
- Remember that teachers are there to teach! It is important for children to learn the art of self control. Kids generally put a slant on things when they are in trouble….take time to consider what the teacher may be dealing with…..today many kids mouth off, don’t turn in homework and refuse to cooperate. Learning to respect those in authority now will definitely help them in their future when dealing with their employer.
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