Are You Ready For A New School Year?

Summer seems to go by so fast, and then we are stuck rushing to get ready for the new school year at the last minute.

Here is a small list of tips to help you and your child prepare.

  1. Familiarize yourself with your child’s new teacher, schedule and classrooms. Get a list of things the child will need for the year from the teacher and prepare them early. With so much technology these days, it is also good to understand what students can and cannot have in the classroom.
  2. Get on a routine. Getting back in the swing of things after long nights and late mornings can be difficult. Ease your way into earlier nights by starting a few weeks before. Make your child’s bedtime just 5 or 10 minutes earlier and gradually increase each night. This way your child will adapt easier to the new schedule and will be well rested for the first day of school. Stick to a schedule even when your child gets home from school. For instance, make specific times for snacks, homework, extracurriculars and dinner. This helps your child know what is expected of them and keeps their life and yours more organized.
  3. Make a menu for the week. Rushing out the door without breakfast isn’t a good way to start your day or your child’s day. Try to make a list at the beginning of the week of easy healthy breakfast meals that you can quickly prepare. If your child brings their lunch, you should do this for lunches as well. You can make your mornings even easier by preparing lunches the night before so they are ready to grab and go.
  4. Reduce first-day anxiety. If your child is starting a new school and getting the “first day jitters” try to calm them by talking them through it and what they should expect. Make the first day fun by helping them pack their backpacks with all their supplies and picking out their first day outfits the day before.
  5. Check your child’s health. Get a checkup with your child’s primary care physician to make sure their health is ready for the new year. Scheduling appointments before school starts gets them out of the way so that they aren’t missing school later. It’s also important to look into what is required at your child’s school because some schools require immunizations and/or vision and hearing tests in order to start the school year. If your child has special needs or takes medication, be sure to organize this with the school’s health center/nurses.
  6. And lastly, if anyone in your family is suffering from unnecessary pain or just needs a health tune-up, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’ll treat the whole family!

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