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Back-to-school advice from professor in family, youth, and community

1GentzlerY-pref2011.jpgAssociate professor Yvonne Gentzler has some words of wisdom to share with families at this time of the year: "Being organized and having a routine at home will help everyone make the transition to a more disciplined school routine." She shares this advice and much more in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article "Getting back on the school track."

Gentzler, from the family, youth, and community program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, points out the value of establishing short-term goals and establishing measures of success for a child's transition back to school. She cautions, however, against over-scheduling and emphasizes the importance of balance in prioritizing a child's activities: "Select quality, not quantity," she says in the article. "Kids don't need to be signed up for every activity that comes their way."

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