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Tip 1. Get all the academic work done in the morning. Depending on how much work the school sets, try to get it done before lunch. I find that my children are more alert and more able to concentrate early in the day. I also find it’s better to do school work in short bursts. Children can struggle to concentrate for more than 15-20 minutes, so take breaks between subjects.

Tip 2. Make snack boxes for kids. Every parent knows how constant the demands for snacks can be, it can drive you crazy or make you feel like you’re running a cafe! We’ve been putting all of your children’s snack allowance and drink for the day in a basket that they can reach. That way they can have anything from the box at snack times.

Tip 3. Teach them Life Skills. Yes of course, it’s important to keep up with their school work but we’ve also been using this time at home to teach our children life skills. They’ve learnt how to do laundry, roast a chicken and tie their shoes!

Tip 4: Make a schedule. I know it’s not for everyone but having a rough schedule really helps us and the kids at this time. It doesn’t have to be regimented. Start by setting times for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and build the rest of the day around that. My sons don’t mind doing their Maths work if they know there is time to play computer games in the afternoon.

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