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THE RIVER - AUGUST 14, 2015
by Shelley M.
been very laid back
this summer and
have not followed
much of a schedule.
Now with school
soon approaching, I
would like to get my
kids into some routines for school. They
are in second and third grades. Do you
have any suggestions?
Isabel B., Cape Coral
You are very wise to implement rou-
tines for your children. Consistent daily
routines provide security for children.
When they know what is required, anxi-
ety and stress are reduced and expecta-
tions are made clear. Routines allow
young children and sometimes older chil-
dren as well more confidence to go about
There are many areas where rou-
tines are important to develop but here
are some that relate to school success:
healthy eating, exercise, sleep and TV/
computer/screen time usage, and home-
• Provide well-balanced meals and limit
caffeine and junk foods.
• Always make time for your child to
have a good breakfast so he or she will
be alert and able to pay attention and
• Involve your child in physical activity
for a 30 minutes every day (i.e. walking,
bicycling, playing sports, etc.).
• Maintain consistent bedtime and
morning routines, including weekends.
• Young children need approximately
8 to 10 hours of sleep per night.
Television and Computer/Internet
• Limit the amount of time your child
watches television and uses the computer
• Monitor the types of programs that
your child watches and the websites he or
• Turn off scary or violent television
(for example, programs with vicious ani-
mals, monsters, natural disasters, stories
involving death of a parent, etc.). Young
children have a difficult time telling what
is fantasy and what is real.
• Setup a specific time and location in
the house where you children will com-
plete their homework daily. Even if they
don’t have homework, this could be their
reading time. Make sure this location
has the tools necessary to complete their
work so they don’t waste time hunting for
paper, pencils, scissors, etc. every day.
Allot a specific amount of time for them
to do their work or reading. Schools typi-
cally suggest how much time, by grade
level, they think is appropriate for home-
work. You will want to be close by to the
homework area in case they need some
help and for encouragement, but don’t do
their homework for them.
With these simple routines imple-
mented consistently your children will be
prepared to learn and be ready to enjoy
school every day.
Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at
Florida SouthWestern State College,
where she teaches psychology and
education courses. She is also a nation-
ally certified school psychologist and
consultant for School Consultation
Services, a private educational consult-
ing company. Questions for publication
may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.
com. Not all questions submitted can
be addressed through this publication.
Event To Benefit
Kids Helping Kids
ATeacher Appreciation celebration
is set for Friday, August 21 to
honor teachers as they head back
to the classrooms while at the same
time raising money for the Kids Helping
Kids organization. It is the first of
three events leading up to the big Kids
Helping Kids Festival in November.
The event welcomes all teachers and
students as well as the public to enjoy
family entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Friday, August 21 at Alico Family Golf,
located at 16300 Lee Road (intersection
of Lee and Alico roads) in Fort Myers.
Admission to the celebration is free.
There will be miniature golf, driving
range, Bubble Soccer (6 to 7 p.m.),
family entertainment, food, and more
available for purchase. Donations will be
accepted for the Kids Helping Kids orga-
Two other events will be held before
the November festival. On September 25,
there will be an appreciation event for
firefighters, law enforcement and other
emergency personnel and on October
16, there will be an event celebrating
small business owners. Both events will
be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alico Family
The 3rd annual Kids Helping Kids
Festival will take place on Saturday,
November 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
at Alico Family Golf. The festival includes
live animals, a rockwall, Bubble Soccer,
bounce houses, live music, games, and
food vendors. The cost is $10 for unlim-
ited activities, with free admission for kids
The events are sponsored by Alliance
Financial Group, The News-Press Media
Group, Parent & Child magazine and
Alico Family Golf.
Opportunities for sponsorships and
vendors are still available. For more
information, contact Kathy Bongiorno at
Alliance Financial Group at 561-2900 or
For more information, visit www.
Blood Centers And Wawa
Have Teamed Up For August
Lee Memorial Blood Centers and Wawa, Inc. have teamed up for the entire
month of August. All donors will receive coupons for a free Shorti Hoagie, a
free 16-ounce hot beverage and a Wawa designed T-shirt.
Stop by one the purple blood mobiles or visit one of the blood centers to receive
The need for blood locally remains constant and donations are needed to offset
summer blood shortages. People can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Donors
are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo ID
is required at donation time. Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight
of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. A 16-year-old may donate blood with written
There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Many health conditions and medica-
tions do not prevent someone from donating blood. People taking insulin, blood pres-
sure, thyroid, cholesterol medications, aspirin, antidepressants and hormone replace-
ment can give blood. Tattoos are also OK as long as they are healed and have been
done in a reputable tattoo facility.
Call 343-2333 with any questions.
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