- Put the iPads down. I know it's free babysitting and free entertainment but you know how your eyes feel after staring at a computer screen all day? Why would you do that to your children. Also, kids these days aren't developing the fine motor skills of children of yesteryear. Why? Because swiping an iPad left or right doesn't require dexterity. And they'll need that one day to, oh I dunno, tie their shoes.
- Bedtime is important. Putting your children on a routine is paramount. All kids crave structure. And, did you know children's bodies require 10-12 hours of sleep? So, this going to bed at 10 PM and waking up at 6 AM nonsense might work for you, but not for them. Also, kids with bags under their eyes are statistically less cute than kids without.
- Turn the cell phones off and talk to your kids. Most schools have a NO PHONE ZONE at school and lemme tell you why. Too often, parents come to pick their kids up from school all with a phone attached to their ears. They don't speak to or acknowledge the child, the teacher, or anyone else in the building. Put your cell phone away and spend that quality time with your child. You can get back on Twitter and talk to your friends at 7 PM, when your kids go to bed. (See what I did there...)
- If you feed your kids McDonald's, they will crave McDonald's. Basically, you have to watch what your children eat. I know parents who make separate meals for all of their children. Who got time for that? I also know kids who refuse to eat green vegetables but will only eat McDonald's french fries. As the parent, you set the tone for what your children will and won't eat.
Ok...go forth and have a wonderful school year!