This week many families embark on a new normal as many kids start schooling from home for the first time. Despite the challenges this may present, this change in routine also affords new learning opportunities. Empowering our kids to take control of their schedule, deadlines, responsibilities, and routines (all at an age appropriate level) supports the development of their executive functioning skills. Executive functions are life management skills such as planning, organization, time management, flexibility, task initiation, and self-control. These are important life skills that help our kids grow into successful students, employees, and citizens.