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Back to School Tips for Parents

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  • Written By: Kimberly Bertucci, DNP, FNP

It’s time for the kids to head back to school! And that means a focus on classes, sports and other after-school activities. Most children need help transitioning back into a routine for a successful start to the school year. Here are a few back-to-school tips to help your kid get into a healthy school routine.

1. Developing a Back-to-School Sleep Routine

Going back to school means an end to staying up late. To get your kids ready to wake up earlier for school, you should:

  • Make their bedtimes a little early each night for a week or two weeks before school
  • Put electronic devices away because it can disrupt their sleep
  • Keep their room dark, quiet and at the right temperature

2. Getting your child back in the habit of eating three regular meals a day

Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.

  • If your child’s school provides breakfast, make sure they get to school early to eat breakfast or provide breakfast at home
  • If you are packing your child’s lunch, stock up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and lean protein.
  • If the school lunch is your go-to, find out about lunch options and meal schedules ahead of time.
  • Inform the school if your child has any food allergies.

3. Managing Stress from School

Back-to-school season is stressful for kids and parents alike, but too much stress can lead to a variety of health issues.

  • Talking to your children about anything that’s bothering them
  • Do not overload their schedules at home
  • Give them time to relax and wind down after school
  • Play and spend time as a family to minimize stress

4. Developing Good Study Habits

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Create a quiet, consistent environment conducive for doing homework
  • Schedule a regular time for homework
  • Establish a rule that the tv and other electronic devices are off during homework
  • Be available to answer questions or offer assistance to your child.
  • Schedule breaks during homework time. It may be helpful to close the book and get up and stretch.
  • If your child is struggling in a subject, meet with the teacher or counselor to determine a solution.

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Kimberly Bertucci, DNP, FNP is a Nurse Practicioner for Crescent City Physicians, Inc. She specializes in family medicine.