• Donnington Grove

Back to school

Remove morning madness: Each evening, think ahead to the following morning; where can you lighten the load? Set the breakfast table as you clear the dinner dishes, and make sure breakfast foods are easy to reach. Lay out children's clothing the night before. School schedule: During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins. Don't neglect mealtimes! Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the school year begins. Use calendars: Prepare your calendar for the upcoming school year, Keep one in your kitchen so everyone in your family can see what is on the agenda for the weeks ahead. Record important dates such as school closings, appointments and meetings. Designate each family member a coloured marker. Only buy what will be used: Don’t go overboard buying new supplies thinking this will help you be more organized. Rather, look at the basic items you use and only buy those. Make a list of the items you need and only purchase those items when shopping. When school begins: Streamline dinner preparations. Try a session of freezer cooking to stock the freezer with prepared entrees for stress-free dinner on sports night. Do it now: August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July! Start shopping early for back-to-school clothes and supplies. Don’t wait until the weekend before school starts. The stores will be crowded which may cause unnecessary stress. Brain breakfast food: Hard-boiled Eggs: One of the most important nutrients for brain function is protein. After several hours spent sleeping, your brain needs a protein boost in order to function properly as you start your day. Eggs contain an important brain nutrient, tyrosine, that can increase your alertness and get your brain ready to begin receiving and sending messages. Strawberries and Blueberries: Two foods high in antioxidants which help to prevent oxidative stress on brain function. Sprinkle the berries in yogurt, make a smoothie or put them in their lunch bag as a light snack. Yoghurt: With plenty of calcium, protein and the amino acid Tyrosine, can help improve memory and alertness.