How to get your kids on a routine as schools reopen after Harvey

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Your school-age kids may find it difficult to get back into a routine, especially after a weather disaster kept them from classes.

Experts are emphasizing the need for normalcy and a focus away from the stressful nature of the disaster's effects.

The American School Counselor Association gave these tips to parents and guardians when it comes to after-disaster school routines:
  • Keep routines as normal as possible: Children will gain comfort from the predictability of a routine

  • Limit their exposure to television and news stories relating to the disaster

  • Honesty is key: Open them to as much info as they are able to understand

  • Be open to listen to your child's fears and concerns in the wake of the disaster

  • Consider yourself: It's just as important to see how you react to crisis and stress

  • Have your child rebuild their attachments and relationships, including with teachers and classmates

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