Parents: Build flexibility into students’ daily routines

Consistency is the key to successful discipline, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be flexible. If your child’s bedtime routine includes lights out at 8:30 p.m. sharp and you never, ever veer from it—even on special, once-in-a-blue-moon occasions—your routine may be too rigid. It’s important to build in a little flexibility. For example, has your child been studying hard for a test? Why not reward him with 15 or 20 extra minutes of reading time in bed one night?

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