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Help your kids balance school, work, and family life

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​School life can be hectic with many students finding it hard to lead a balanced life. As a parent, you can turn to tools, resources and techniques that can help your kids experience an enjoyable school-age chapter.

Are your kids struggling to balance school, work, and family life?

Perhaps they are starting college, and they don’t know where to begin or how to adjust to the new school life?

As they get busy with school and balancing other aspects of their life, they may end up neglecting their health. The neglect will translate to being overwhelmed. They may find it hard to perform well in school and lag behind in their other commitments.

As a parent, you can help by looking out for them, especially their physical and mental well-being. Here are some tips to help your kids.

Help your kid learn to take advantage of online resources

There are many study resources available to help students achieve academic success. The resources can make learning more effortless. Encourage your kid to make use of the resource if they are struggling to commit to school life. These resources can help them balance school work and other responsibilities.

Many of these tools are digital, free, and easy-to-access. They can be generalised or field-specific. Generalised resources such as Quizlet, StudyStack, and Evernote help students from different fields boost their academic performance.

There are also field-specific digital tools such as Osmosis. For example, if your kid is studying to become a nurse, resources by Osmosis help nursing and medical students boost their academic performance. Accessing resources by Osmosis means you are accessing expert-reviewed studying resources. The resources are in a less technical language making learning effortless.

Pay attention to their diet

The diet your kid chooses can impact their performance across all facets of life, including their schoolwork. Nutrition is a vital part of brain development and mental robustness. Powering up on junk food makes them sluggish. It can also strain their mood and energy. This may translate to poor academic performance.

Studies have shown that taking nutritious meals three times a day results in high academic performance.

It’s okay to fill up on sweet treats once in a while, but your kids should always find time to prepare and eat healthy food. There are healthy diets your kids can follow that will help them improve their health from the inside out. Remember to encourage your kids to stay hydrated and to limit caffeine intake.

Setting aside time for relaxation

Your children need as much rest as possible to juggle school and work. Overworking their brain and body affects their academic performance negatively. Every student needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep to stay focused and attentive throughout the day. Getting less sleep affects their mood and brain functioning. It also makes them susceptible to a myriad of infections.

Apart from sleep, they need to find time to relax. During this time, help your kids focus on activities that calm them and that they enjoy doing. Such activities can help them unwind. They should take part in wellness-based activities. As a parent, you can do this with them together by making it a weekly, twice a week, or monthly routine. Activities that help them distress put their mental health in a good place.

Intensify the physical movement

Increased physical movement or activity can help keep students in good physical and mental health. Getting active impacts behavioral and cognitive development. Physical activity affects one’s ability to pay attention, learn, and skills acquisition. It also improves processing speed and memory retention. These changes can occur within a few weeks of being active. But, there are some changes one may notice shortly after a workout. Your kids will notice improved memory retrieval. They will also observe healthier control of attention within a few minutes of working out. Help your kids find ways to always incorporate a physical activity or workout into their everyday routine. A walk around your neighborhood or taking the stairs, or walking around the home makes them active. This, in turn, will lead to good academic performance.


Tell your kids to take it easy. Help them do everything in moderation, including their schoolwork. Their schoolwork is only worth a fraction of their self-worth. Other facets of life need as much input, time, and energy as their academic life. Neglecting them will spill over to their academic life. It’s vital to find a balance and live a life committed to balancing all aspects of life.

In summary, school life can be hectic. Many students find it hard to lead a balanced life. They let academic responsibilities overwhelm them. As a parent, you can teach them to take a pause every time they need one, or learn how to check their choices and assess how decisions can affect performance. There are resources they can turn to if they feel strained and lost. But with tips at hand, you will notice improved academic life and performance of your kids. 

Article contributed by Inna Atwood. She works as a fitness coach and a part-time content writer. She loves reading and travelling. She is young and ambitious and does hope to share her knowledge and experience with anyone willing to learn something new.

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