Spring break is a time to take an extended breather from months of steady studying and working. It is an opportunity to spend more quality time with family and friends, doing what you like to or want to do.

Perhaps you and your child have rearranged your schedule to stay up later and sleep in longer. Maybe you have decided to stay home and play oodles of games or visit a local museum. Possibly you plan to hike in local parks or take in a just-released movie. Perhaps you will travel to a new or favorite getaway spot.

No matter what you decide to do during spring break, you, like many parents, often discover that it is hard to reengage your child in schoolwork after so much relaxation and fun. But it's not impossible. 

Keep a calendar.

It is hard for kids to focus on what they need to complete, and by when. A calendar helps. Have your child mark off the days of school off as they pass. We keep a family calendar in our kitchen where our kids can see what activities are planned. Put the upcoming events on the calendar as well. This way your child can see what they have to look forward to. Use stickers for the child who is not yet reading.

Focus on the weekends.

Family time is at a premium with hectic schedules and commitments. Plan activities that the whole family can enjoy. After spring break, especially in the multi-seasonal areas, the weather is becoming warmer. What about a picnic?

Focus on giving back.

My kids have learned from an early age just how rewarding it is to help others — from raking leaves and sprucing up other people's yards to working at a fundraiser for an important community cause.

Keep your child active.

Each of my kids is involved in a sport. Participating in a sport burns up excess energy and helps my kids stay physically and mentally active and healthy. They hone their motor skills and also learn about setting goals, working with others, and the importance of good sportsmanship.

Plan a summer vacation or a few day-trips.

Do you live within a few short hours from some amazing museums, beaches, or state parks? What about camping? Kayaking on a local river or creek? Involve the kids in research of places to visit and activities to do. Explain to your child that doing any of these things are predicated on them successfully finishing their remaining school term.

Keep your child on a schedule.

Like you, your child does best on a regular schedule, including a good night's sleep, proper nutrition and hydration, and regular exercise. Kids who are well rested and well fed will be able to concentrate and be more motivated to keep going in school because they just feel better.