Set aside quiet time.
With homework and sports practices in full-swing, it's easy to get overloaded. Be sure to set aside quiet time and employ transitional tools. One such tool Lawton-Shirley uses is MeMoves, an interactive DVD program that helps calm and focus the mind and body. The person watching it mimics what they see on screen for a short, 3-minute sequence, transforming them from chaos to calm. "Teachers love to use it right after recess or other times when they need their students to calm down and concentrate," says Lawton-Shirley. "It's also a great tool to use at home." Find out more at www.thinkingmoves.com.
While downtime is important, physical activity is crucial to a kid's ability to stay healthy. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that kids who are active will have stronger muscles and bones, a leaner body, be less likely to become overweight, and will have a better outlook on life. Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges - from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.
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