back to school time! With that change brings an entire routine to get used to
for both kids and parents. This can be a great time of year to re-establish a
family routine to help organize life and keep the chaos to a minimum. This also
provides your children with a structure to learn important skills like how to
set priorities, meet deadlines, become more independent, and develop habits of
few reasons daily routine is important for your child:
help establish your child’s body clock for regulating many day-to-day
activities including sleep, eating complete meals, regular bowel movements,
calm behavior, and easier “wind-down” times at night.
helps to bond the family together. A predictable routine helps children know
what to expect so that they feel safe. They notice the time spent together is
important and helps to strengthen shared values, beliefs, and interests.
gives your kids a chance to be excited for future events; for example,
dinnertime with the family, Friday movie night, and special one-on-one time
with Mom or Dad.
establishes positive and healthy habits that children can do on their own.
offers stability during times of change and brings a sense of normalcy to a
are some tips to help form your daily routines from the American Academy of
make the household function well in the morning, everyone needs to know what
has to be done to get ready for the day. Try the following:
as many things in order as possible the night before.
wake-up routines cheerful and positive.
sure your child eats breakfast, even if he or she is not hungry in the morning.
round out each morning by saying goodbye to your young child. A simple hug and
a wave as he or she heads out the front door or slides out of the car are
extremely important. They will give your child a positive feeling with which to
begin the day’s activities.
middle childhood (ages 6-12), children need adult supervision. While some
parents have their children return each afternoon to an empty home, these
“latchkey” kids are more susceptible to misbehavior, risk-taking, and
anxiety. For this age group, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that
a child come home to a parent, another adult, or a responsible adolescent.
should be an important time for your family. As often as possible, all family
members should eat together at the dinner table, without the distraction of
television or radio. During dinner, the family can share the day’s activities
and participate in enjoyable conversation. Everyone should be encouraged to
take part, and negative comments and criticism should be discouraged.
school nights, children need a regular time to go to sleep. Establish nighttime
rituals that include storytelling, reading aloud, conversation, and songs. Try
to avoid exciting play and activities before bedtime.
We are excited to announce a new dental clinic in North Spokane! CHAS Health Family Dental opens on August 19 and offers dental services to the whole family.
At CHAS, we offer comprehensive dental services for patients
of all ages – from toddlers to adults, we are here for you through all phases
of life. Our experienced dentists, hygienists and support staff work closely to
coordinate with our medical and pharmacy departments to ensure your visit is
timely, efficient and pleasant.
In commemoration of National Health Center Week, CHAS Health is excited to celebrate being “Rooted in Communities.” This is a National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) campaign which emphasizes the fact that plants, people, and communities are not so different from one another in their needs—we all require basic resources to grow.
National Health Center Week (August 4th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. This week we’ll be joining Community Health Centers across the country to highlight the important work to make our communities healthier and happier.
Community Health Centers provide innovative health service delivery to more than 28 million patients! Learn more at nachc.org