Avoiding a culture of distraction

One of the main issues I believe we face across all years of school is avoiding what we refer to as a culture of distraction, especially as the boys get older and become more and more committed to multiple activities. It is vitally important that the boys settle into their pre, during and post school routines.

At the simplest level, it is critical the boys get the required amount of sleep each night. This needs to be coupled with healthy eating and regular exercise. Also, try and ensure that device and screen time does not dominate their recreation space.
There are so many opportunities for our boys. Given the availability of activities each day, including inside and outside of school, that we have to ensure that in pursuit of the notion of balance that we do not cross the line and place our boys in an environment that promotes distraction rather than balance. This includes you as the parents who are then left trying to get the boys to a multitude of venues and commitments.

Remember it is all right to say no to some things; you are the parent and your sons need to have lines drawn in their sand box. Do not confuse parenting with being a friend. They are not mutually exclusive, but role delineation at the correct time is essential.