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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Back to School: How to Help Your Children (and You) Form Good Habits.

August 23rd, 2016

Episode 333 of 399 episodes

In the United States, it’s back-to-school time. And that means getting back into the habits required by school. So many things to manage! Waking up on time and going to bed on time. Packing the backpack for school, with homework, permissions slips, lunch, sports clothes, etc. Doing homework. Showing up promptly throughout the day. Plus, many children have after-school activities, so there’s just that much more to remember. The question is: how can we help children form habits that will help them handle this load, without our constant nagging and supervising? I’ve thought a lot about this myself, because each year when school begins, it hits my family hard. We have to work to get back into the swing of routine. Upholder that I am (see below), I relish this routine, but the other members of my family don’t agree. In my book Better Than Before, about habit-formation, I learned one key fact that many habit experts ignore. There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution for habits. The thing that works for me may be the opposite of what works for you. We need to form habits in a way that suits our nature. And the same is true for kids. In Better ... The post Back to School: How to Help Your Children (and You) Form Good Habits. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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