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Time to Hit the Books
August is here and that means summer is winding down, so many of us have children and friends who are returning to the school campus and the regimented
schedule of the school week. We have some tips to help you get the kids (and yourself, too) slowly adjusted to the upcoming earlier bed times and up in time for
morning routines. We also have some recipes to share and ideas for packing gluten-free lunches that are fresh and fun. Finally, we have discovered some recent words
of advice for the daily, and often dreaded, homework time.
While we have dedicated this August issue to families with kids, we still know everyone
can enjoy our new recipes this month! We'd love to hear your feedback on the newsletter
or anything Pamela's. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipes for Summer's End
Here our new recipes for you to enjoy
in this final month of summer. Make these
sinfully delectable ice cream sandwiches
as an indulgent treat to wrap up the summer.
We also have this recipe for a tasty deep
fry batter you can use with your favorite
meats or vegetables.
Traditional Ice Cream Sandwiches
Deep Fry Batter
Think Outside the Lunch Box:
Packing the School Lunch
When you are gluten-free, you often do not have the option of signing-up for the school lunch or ordering from the cafeteria, so packing a lunch
from home becomes necessary. And every year, many of us parents struggle to find creative ways
to keep our kids eating a variety of healthy foods and enjoying their meals. We compiled a few tips
we have learned from friends, family and Pamela's fans to share with you for this upcoming school year.
Involve your children in the lunch-making
process. With a little nutrition guidance, this
can be a great way to ensure they will be
happy with their meal. Even go so far as to
have them assist in making the grocery list
and doing the shopping. Often, they may
have some ideas for some non-traditional
lunch options you can incorporate during
Parents should not restrict themselves
to thinking inside the box, either. What
about creating a mini salad bar in your
kid's lunch that they can toss in a bowl
at school and dress themselves? Or make
a meat and veggie platter? Include slices
of cold cuts, carrots, celery, bell peppers,
snap peas, cheese triangles, and ranch
or other dressing for dipping.
Don't ignore last night's dinner leftovers
for an excellent lunch choice. Lots of meal
options can still be delicious served cold.
Back to School, Back to Schedule
As it gets closer to the first day of school, is your child (are you?) ready to make the transition from vacation mode to
school mode? With only a few short weeks left, it might be time to start making the conversion so everyone is happy and
ready for the big first day of school. Here are a few helpful tips we found to ease back into the upcoming school schedule:
Ideally, start the transition schedule 1 - 2 weeks prior to the first day of school. This is your best bet to
ensure everyone is well-adjusted and ready to go on the first day.
With all the summer activities, we often adopt the pattern of staying up late and sleeping in late. This
can be one of the hardest adjustments. So, start re-setting your internal clock and get to bed at a time
appropriate to wake up well-rested and refreshed on the school day.
Start adopting your regular school night routine. Do you have a schedule for dinner and nighttime prep
of washing up and brushing teeth? Do you read in the evening or do other night activities? Start
implementing those routines now in preparation.
The same goes for your morning school schedule. Start waking up at a time that will allow you to get
ready and be at school on time. It is also a good way to find out exactly how much time you will in fact
need as often routines can vary from year to year. Maybe even do a dry run to school during the week
so you can gauge traffic and other factors during the morning rush.
Make the prospect of a new year of school exciting. Often, there can be disappointment in the prospect
of returning to the books, so remind your children this can be a year to learn new things, make new
friends, join a new club or school activity, and make it a memorable and enjoyable year!
Creating Healthy Homework Habits
Homework can be a source of stress and tension in many households, so encouraging good homework habits can be helpful.
Here are tips for creating a routine that works in your household:
Location: Find a homework station that works in your home where your child can work free of
unnecessary distractions. This can be a desk in their bedroom where they can work independently
or a kitchen table if they need access to parents for help. Let your child explore the options, and
together you can determine an optimal location.
Stock proper supplies: Make sure that the homework station is stocked with proper supplies
to complete all assignments. Keep the standards on hand like pens, pencils, paper, tape, scissors, glue,
rulers, etc. If you are using a kitchen table, perhaps you can clear a shelf in the nearby pantry to keep
supplies. A portable basket or bin would also work well. It may be important to evaluate the weekly
assignments first thing on Monday to ensure no surprises during the week and last-minute runs to
Decorate and personalize to motivate: Allow your child to personalize their space
so it is comfortable and conducive to learning. My daughter likes to display some of her achievement
awards which is a great way to keep her motivated. Even pictures or drawings can be a great way for
your child to really feel a sense of ownership and importance in completing their assignments.
Set the schedule: Children do best when they know expectations and can plan for them.
It is important that you set the schedule early on and commit to it. Set a homework start and end time
that works for everyone and allows your child the proper time necessary to complete daily tasks.
Depending on the child, it can be helpful to have the schedule posted and publicly displayed. Others
may need to be incentivized by the habit of charting their progress and this can also be a good way
to determine patterns or changes depending on how detailed you want to be. It can be as simple as
a daily "sign-in time" and "sign-out" time. Or, as extensive as including room to list any struggles with
assignments, if help was needed with a particular project, etc.
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