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Back to School is can be
a hectic time as parents struggle to get their homes, refrigerators, and
carpool schedules ready for Fall. While all parents think about what to put in
their children’s lunches, very few consider taking steps to make their homes
more conducive to good study and sleeping habits.
Child psychologists say
that getting into the pattern of studying and getting a good night’s sleep
starts at an early age. Studies also suggest that children who establish these patterns
early on do better in school and are more successful in college.
One way to increase a
child’s productivity while studying is to create a space that puts him or her
in the right mindset for learning. Window blinds play a surprisingly big
factor. Here are a few things that all parents should do:
Install window blinds
that block glare from the sun. Glare often makes it difficult for a child to
see his or her computer screen. It can also damage the child’s eyes if he or
she has to strain through it.
Choose top down/bottom up
options on the blinds nearest to your child’s study area. While it is important
to block glare, sunlight easily affects moods. Allowing a little sunshine to
come through the top of the shade can make a world of difference in a child’s
Blinds can prevent
distractions. Even the smallest movement, like a bird or car, can break
concentration. Prevent those interrupters from making an impact by keeping the
blinds lowered during study time.
Put blackout shades in a
child’s bedroom. In the Summer and early Fall months, the sun sets on the late
side. Make it easy for kids to go to bed at a reasonable hour by installing
shades that completely block light, like the Blinds.com 3/8” Double Cell
Blackout shade. This popular shade won’t break the bank, but will help kids get
a good night’s sleep.
It is just as important
that the home be a place of learning as it is for a child’s school to be. Talk
to children’s teachers about how tired they are, and how prepared for class
they are. Take the proper steps to correct any issues, should a child’s teacher
say he or she needs some extra help at home.