I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.
S is for Sleep
School-aged kids should get between 10 and 11 hours of sleep each night. Teenagers need between 8 and 9 hours. If your child gets less sleep, the ability for his brain to learn and store information is lessened. Sports injuries and driving accidents may also be a result of a child not getting enough rest.
P is for Psychological
Attitude can really affect a child’s ability to do well in school. Show your child you believe in his or her abilities. “You are going to do great in seventh grade this year!” “Being in a new classroom is scary for everyone. Pretty soon you will make a new friend and you will know your way around the place.”
I is for Infection
Preventing infections is key to your child staying healthy and able to be at school to learn. Plain old hand washing with soap and water goes a long way toward preventing the spread of colds. Be sure you also have updated your child’s vaccinations. Each year your child should receive a flu shot to protect against the flu strains that are expected. For healthy children, the flu mist is another alternative. A weakened version of the flu strain is swabbed into the child’s nose – causing the body to create immunity to that strain of flu.
N is for Nutrition
A good breakfast helps your child stay alert in class, fuels his body to learn and keeps him growing. Breakfast should include a complex carbohydrate and protein. Some kids do not like traditional breakfast foods. Good substitutes can include a turkey sandwich for breakfast or chicken nuggets.