HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN GET BETTER GRADES…

Michael Phelps’ daily routine is very much like other swimmers’ routine – many hours spent in the pool, with added dry training, which largely involved weight training, isometrics and HIIT.

Phelps trains for six hours a day, six days a week, without fail. Even if Christmas day falls on a training day, he does a full day of training. Total dedication to his training program has made him a world champion.

He swims approximately 50 miles (80km) each week, which is over 8 miles per training day. He has two massages everyday and also takes ice baths to help his body to recover.

Michael Phelps has won 6 gold medals in Athens 2004, 8 gold medals in the Beijing 2008, 4 golds in London 2012 and 5 Golds in Rio 2016.

In the Athens 2004 games he won 6 gold medals, winning the 400m individual medley, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. In Beijing he not only won each race in which he has competed, but has also broken the world record in each case.

His medals were won in the preparation rather than in the pool.

If our kids are going to be successful in school, it is going to happen at home as much as in the classroom. Here are 5 ways to prepare your kids to get better grades in school.

1. Homework success

Even good students need oversight to make sure their homework is on target. So, even if your child says they’re doing their homework, check in with your child’s teacher once a grading period to make sure that’s happening or go online to check weekly.

2. Sleep = Success

Do you know how much sleep your child really needs each night to function well in school?  Probably more than they are getting!

3. Fueling the brain

School-age brains need lots of fuel to stay sharp. That begins with eating healthy food at home. Start your child’s day with a good breakfast. I always made sure my kids had Protein, Good Fats and Carbs/fruit, etc.

4. Peace and Planning

On the home front, studies show that even infants are negatively affected when their parents argue. So, take a mature approach to conflict within your marriage and model how to handle disagreements calmly and respectfully. Your children are soaking in more than you know, and if they sense that the stability of their home life is in jeopardy, they’ll lose some of their ability to focus on what they need to- schoolwork and the joys of childhood.

5. Screen-free zones.

It might sound radical, but lots of families have a no-TV, no-video game policy during the school week. Once you get your kids to buy into it, you don’t have to argue about it.