“Excuse me,” I said to my son.
“Mom, you’re quiet, not answering my questions, and have a mad look on your face. You aren’t like that when you workout.”
Wow, what an observation. At first I was sad that he could see such a difference in me but I had to admit it was true. When I exercise, I feel better and obviously it shows.
I am not a workout junkie. I don’t even really like to work out but my mind and body really do need exercise. It is obvious to my family that I need the stress release that comes with a hard workout and a little sweat. What about your children, what do they need to decrease stress and frustrations? Finding this sweet spot, the balance between working out body and mind, will set the stage for successful study time.
This is a crazy time of year. Finals are upon our kids and for many students they have not learned how to best study for finals. (Click HERE to read more about studying for finals.) Kids can taste the joy of summer but still have many assignments, projects, and finals to complete. They still need to be engaged and work hard to do their best.
Before your child sits down to study make sure he has his “wiggles” out. Here are a few suggestions.
• Let your child play outside for a set amount of time before sitting down to study.
• Make sure your child has nutritious snacks and fluids to keep going during study periods.
• Have a personal timer for your child to use to track studying and more importantly, breaks.
• Study breaks are key to get more energy and recharge the brain to stay focused on studying, just make sure they do not last too long.
I may not love to exercise, but after a great workout the stress is relieved and I’m ready to get my work done. Use this technique to help your children find the sweet spot where they are ready to study. They will be prepared for finals and hopefully create good habits for years to come.
A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might…
Proverbs 24:5 ESV
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.