It’s back to school time! While most families are out shopping for school supplies, uniforms, nice shoes and sneakers, many are forgetting about preparing students for the physical and mental return to school. Adults may have forgotten (and thankfully, right?) about the anxiety and stress that can be associated with going back to school. Here are a few tips to help students make a smooth transition from summer fun to fall studies.
And hey, we understand the modern family has changed significantly, so we’ll say “the student” instead of “your child.”
- Begin planning the fall schedule inclusive of physical activities in addition to academic courses. Communicate this schedule to the student so that he/she is aware of what to expect.
- Get that youngster to bed by 10pm, at the latest, and make sure everyone is up early each morning. Do this at least two weeks before school begins. The student should have 8 hours of rest.
- Create a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about returning to school. If the student is attending a new school, visit the area ahead of time in order to develop a sense of familiarity and security.
- Encourage the student to make new friends. Get to know the student’s friends too.
- Know what vaccinations are required for the student and be sure he/she is up to date on all doctor visits. This includes a trip to the dentist.
- Plan healthy snacks for lunch and after school. These are critical hours of the day when students need healthy boosts of energy.
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