It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about back-to-school. This can be an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. Fortunately, there are a few steps parents can take to make back-to-school a positive and stress-free experience for their kids.
The unfamiliar can make kids uneasy. Talk with them about what to expect during their first week and role play what they might do in certain situations. Attending open houses or meet-the-teacher events may also give kids peace of mind, especially if they are attending a new school. Finally, purchase school supplies and complete any other preparations early, so your child can enjoy the last few days of summer break.
During summer, late nights and late mornings can become the norm in terms of a sleep schedule. A few weeks before school starts, ease your child back into a more school-friendly sleep routine with consistent bedtimes. The start of the school year can be very challenging when children are not well rested, so also make sure to practice good sleep habits:
- Do not allow televisions in children’s bedrooms.
- Turn off other electronics or cell phones at least 30 minutes before lights out.
- Limit caffeine and do not consume any leading up to bedtime.
These are valuable tips for parents, too. It’s helpful to set a good example for your kids to follow.
Children need good nutrition for optimal growth and learning. Make sure your kids get up early enough to eat a nutritious breakfast before heading to school. If your child isn’t a fan of breakfast foods, serve nutritious foods your child does like, even if it’s a sandwich. No time to eat at home? Have on-the-go snacks available for your child to eat on the bus.
It’s also a good idea to offer plenty of fruits and veggies, and send a water bottle to school to ensure your child has plenty of water throughout the day. If your child brings a lunch from home, involve him or her in packing the lunch. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about good nutrition. If they eat school lunch, be sure to discuss what they ate that day, so you can help them make healthy choices.
Schools require all students to be up-to-date with vaccinations. You can contact your child’s doctor’s office to verify your child’s vaccination status before school starts. Prevea also offers MyPrevea, which allows you to access your child’s vaccine records online. If you’d like to sign-up for MyPrevea, click here.
Schools require written permission for all medications. Be sure to contact your child’s school and obtain the necessary forms, so medication can be administered if needed. Children with food allergies or asthma may need to have a medication on-hand at school, so be sure to order refills before school starts. Contact your child’s doctor to get any necessary forms completed.
Through preparation and active parental involvement, we can ensure kids have a smooth transition into the school year. Prevea Pediatrics and other specialties are available to help you ensure your child has the very best start. Feel free to contact us at (920) 496-4700 with any back-to-school questions.