Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Parenting Education Programs - Back to School Routines

With the start of school, comes the start of sports, clubs, lessons and other great activities that stretch the demands on family time. The hustle and bustle of getting kids back into a healthy routine can be a challenge.

The Parenting Education Programs' staff is here to help! This Back to School Routines series has tips for:

  • improving communication in families and establishing expectations to get the school year off to a good start.
  • ways to establish a routine for dinner time.
  • having a regular bedtime routine that makes it easier for children to sleep.
  • how to have easier mornings.

Check out our parenting education classes for more helpful information like this.


Back to School, image of adult and childRoutines for Back to School Success

The hustle and bustle of getting kids back into a healthy routine can be a challenge. With the start of school, comes the start of sports, clubs, lessons and other great activities that stretch the demands on family time. The Parenting Education Programs' staff has some tips for improving communication in families and establishing expectations to get the school year off to a good start. Learn more.


Dinner Time Routines graphic with image of children and parentRoutines for Dinner Time: Do's and Don'ts

How do you picture your ideal family dinner? Think about it for a second… Did you imagine your entire family together at the table, enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal, all the while chatting with each other about how everybody’s day went? Way too often modern dinner time is totally different from that picture! The experts in DFS’ Parenting Education Programs recommend ways to establish a routine for dinner time. Learn more.


Bedtime Routines child sleepingRoutines for Bedtime: Six Tips for Sleep Success

Is bedtime a struggle in your home? Do your children try to stay up late? Do they worry about nightmares or being left alone? You are not alone! DFS Parenting Education Programs’ staff say these are common struggles for many parents. Good news - a regular bedtime routine can create a sense of security that makes it easier for children to sleep. It will absolutely be worth it for you AND them to get more quality rest. Learn more.


Morning Routines image of shoes and school suppliesRoutines for Managing Your Mornings

Do you want your mornings to be more peaceful? Getting the day started smoothly all comes down to developing a tried and true morning routine. It helps everyone to know what is expected, and get their day started with less stress. Here are a few tips from Parenting Education Programs’ staff about how to have easier mornings. Learn more.

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