Instead of turning on and zoning out after school, start an afternoon routine of heading outdoors for a bit of fresh air. Homework can be tackled while enjoying the great outdoors, or spend some time kicking a ball around. If your kids are involved in after-school activities, give them a moment to clean up after they've walked in the door and before dinner, but stick to keeping the TV off so no one is distracted. Create an organized drop-off area for books, bags, coats, and shoes so go-to items are ready the next day.
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