Adjusting Your Child’s Schedule for Back to School
August 22, 2018
As hard as it is to believe, the school year is beginning for many local and area schools. As your child transitions from summer fun to academic achievement, these tips will help make that shift as easy as possible.
Prior to the first day of school, talk with your child on their feelings as the new year approaches. Many children are nervous as they could be going to a new school, classroom or teacher. This occurs at any age. This is a great opportunity for parents to discuss that other kids are also nervous and to do problem solving to help your child master the first day of the school year.
Before you purchase a new backpack, be sure that the bag of choice has wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. A backpack should never weigh more than 10-20 percent of your child’s body weight. Overloading your child’s backpack could cause back pain and discomfort.
The school year is all about routine. Get your routine started early by helping your child prepare for their school-year sleep schedule. A set, consistent bedtime will help your child develop positive sleeping habits and will give them a more restful night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle, high school and college as well as a higher rate of absenteeism and tardiness. It is recommended that younger children get 10-12 hours per night with those ages 13-18 sleeping 8-10 hours each night.
Is your child riding, walking or peddling to school? Remind your child to always fasten their seatbelts while in a vehicle, strap on a helmet before jumping on a bike, and always look both ways before crossing the street. No matter how your child is getting to school, be sure to remind them that they should never walk with an adult they do not know and never get in a vehicle with a stranger.
As your child heads into their new classroom and begins to share stories, toys and supplies with classmates, germs are being spread. A new year often means a new cold and flu season. Keep your child healthy with a well-balanced meal, practice good hand hygiene, and do not send your child to school when sick.
A new year of learning is upon us. The team at HRMC Physicians Clinic is here to keep your children healthy so they can focus on their studies. Good luck and have a great year to the students, faculty and staff in the Huron, South Dakota, area from HRMC Physicians Clinic!
Sources: Healthychildren.org, APA, Stlouischildrens.org
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