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by Shelley M.
been very laid
back this summer
and have not fol-
lowed much of
a schedule. Now
with school soon
would like to get my kids into some
routines for school. They are in second
and third grades. Do you have any sug-
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
children as well more confidence to go
about their day.
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 activ-
ity for a 30 minutes every day (i.e. walk-
ing, 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 com-
puter each day.
• Monitor the types of programs that
your child watches and the websites he
or she visits.
• 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 loca-
tion in the house where you children
will complete 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 typically suggest how
much time, by grade level, they think
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by Jeanie Tinch
ogy takes on
cance in the dining
room because it’s
a simple fact that
appetites. Did you
know that a simple
change in a color
scheme has been known to make a
success of restaurants that were failing
despite their excellent food?
Clear colors have the same stimu-
lating effect on atmosphere as they
do on appetites. Blue is particularly
restful, encouraging leisurely meals. Full
strength red is exciting and to be used
with discretion, but lighter shades – such
as raspberry or soft pinks – are ex-
tremely pleasant to eat by. Orange and
its cousins, terra cotta and canyon, tend
to increase the appetite. So if you want
to your family to eat hearty, then an
orange toned color scheme is perfect.
Yellow is its usual gay and sunny self.
Neutrals, livened up with positive color
splashes, can be effective, too.
In the presence of food, beware
of muddy green tones – stick to clear
shades of this color. And avoid lavender
and violet, as they’re appetite suppres-
sants. Drab colors in a kitchen or dining
room are rarely successful.
And since most dining is done at
night, it’s important to test colors under
artificial light. If your color scheme ends
up turning a bit muddy, you might actu-
ally succeed in making your beautifully
prepared meal a bit distasteful.
Lighting should be flexible to al-
low different levels of light for various
activities. A central chandelier can be
controlled with a dimmer switch. How-
ever, even at its uncomfortable brightest,
a chandelier seldom provides sufficient
light by itself. Try a pair of tall matching
candlestick lamps on a sideboard or buf-
fet. Or perhaps wall fixtures might help
to add the additional light you require.
And if it’s romance you’re after,
candles offer just the right hint of the
exotic to your dining experience. They
are sure to cast a warm glow over
everything in the room. Best of all, they
present you in your best light!
Jeanie Tinch is an interior designer
on Sanibel/Captiva Islands. She can be
reached at email@example.com.
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