The new school year changes your child's entire day: from waking up early, getting to school, lunch time, homework, after-school activities and finally an early bed time. Here are 10 ways parents can make going back to school easier:
- Bedtime Practice
Adjust bedtime 15 minutes a night over several nights to make getting up less of a battle. Give some time to "practice" being alert and active early.
- Eat Breakfast
Give your child nutritious choices that will keep his mind and body sharp until lunch. Protein, complex carbohydrates. Steer clear of a donut on the run.
- Practice the Route
Whether your child is walking, taking a bus or driving herself, follow the route with them to give confidence – and safety.
- Plan B: What to do "If"
What to do if your child misses the bus. Where to go if your child is afraid on the way to school.
- Yummy Lunch
Nutritious doesn't have to be boring. Try finger foods like cheese, ham or turkey pieces. Carrots, broccoli or snap peas are crunchy alternatives to chips.
- Stand up to Bullying
Teach your child that being bullied in any form is not alright. Whether online or in person, tell your child to let you know of any threat.
- Don't Overbook
Limit the activities your child is committed to. One sport or talent may be enough to manage with school work
- A+ in Homework
Create a homework area with good lighting, sturdy furniture, pens and paper. Set a regular homework time and minimize distractions like phone, music or television.
- Cool Down
Set a quiet time 15 to 20 minutes before bed for reading, quiet music or writing in a journal. Avoid television or electronic games. Keep the bedroom quiet.
- You are the Key
Let your child know you think this will be a great year in school. If your child is scared of going to a new school, teacher or grade – face the fear head-on and help your child meet the challenge.