IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!
The summer has flown by once again!! It is time to start getting your children back into their normal school routine. Here are some tips to help get you started.
MAKE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EXCITING
Most children get very excited and anxious on the first day of school. Help make the day easier for your kids’ by keeping the following guidelines in mind:
- Remind your children how fun school can be.
- They can see old friends and make new ones.
- The first day of school can be exciting, scary, and fun.
- Make sure your children know other students are feeling the same way.
See the following links for more information on how to improve your child/children’s first day of school.
Making the First Day of School Easier:
Back to School Tips:
Administering Medications at School:
MANAGING SLEEP SCHEDULES
All kids need a structure in their lives. They may complain about it, but as a parent, it’s our job to provide that consistency and support, especially when it comes to sleep schedules.
- Younger children who find it hard to sleep when the sun is still out may need dark shades to block the light. Be sure they get enough physical activity during the day to help them fall asleep.
- Teens may tend to “oversleep” on weekends when they don’t have any early morning commitments, but there can be a limit. Some extra sleep won’t hurt them, but sleeping the day away isn’t healthy either. Try to get them up and moving by a reasonable time (incentives may not be a bad idea to get them motivated) like 10 a.m.
- Don’t allow kids to indulge in sweet snacks, sugary drinks or caffeine right before bedtime.
Try to limit their screen time by making sure to step away from the cell phones, TV, and video games at least one hour before they should be ready for sleep.
- Nap times for younger children should also remain consistent to reinforce daily sleep habits.
- Stray away from overscheduling your child during the day. Between school, homework, family time, sports, and other activities, it can be hard for kids to keep it all going. It is advised to keep them active in order to make sure that they are tired enough for sleep each night, but overdoing it on the extracurriculars may actually be making things worse.
If you are having difficulties in establishing a healthy sleep schedule for your son or daughter, we encourage you to call our office at (716) 884-0230 and speak with one of our nurses.
BREAKFAST IS GOOD FOR LEARNING
Does your family skip breakfast? You are not alone! Nearly half of American families skip breakfast before going to school. Starting the day off with a well balanced breakfast has been associated with:
- A better attention span and decreased irritability
- Better test scores
- Improved nutrition and healthier body weights
Click on the following link for more information on how breakfast is a good start to your families day!
Breakfast for Learning:
Also check out the following links from healthychildren.org:
Choosing Healthy Snacks:
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This post was written by Delaware Pediatrics