Medications — allergy and otherwise
If you child has started a new or different medication, supervise them carefully. Be on the lookout for side effects that can easily affect mood and schoolwork. My son took Zyrtec for years without a problem, and then one year it made him drowsy. The same thing is true of inhalers and other allergy meds. So many medications exist — don’t be afraid to ask your doc for an alternative if your child exhibits uncharacteristic problems with one med.
There is nothing optional here. I blogged about tots who refuse to brush their teeth, a dangerous habit to start. Here’s a link to ideas to make oral hygiene a little more palatable. And don’t panic. Kids go through phases with grooming. Little ones may often be too busy playing to get into the hygiene habit. You’ll have to help, bribe and demand it. Before you know it, your child will be older and primping for hours.
The key at every age is to find what works for your kids and get them in the habit of doing it on their own.
Get kids into daily routine
As your children age, they will have more responsibilities to handle — let them. After preschool, I never picked out school outfits, and the kids eventually packed their own backpacks and lunches which led to packing sports bags and everything else. Every week or month, encourage your kids to be a little more independent and make it fun. Kids can get their own breakfasts if you make it easy. Congratulate them and tell them how proud you are of them. They can pack lunches, dress themselves and certainly take care of putting their own schoolwork in their bags. Encourage it. Yes, they will forget things, but that’s part of the learning process. Forgotten permission slips and shoes were a given at our house, but kids need to accept the responsibilities for additional activities. We all learn from our mistakes.