Why is it that time goes so much faster when you’re having fun? Although, if you’re a parent, maybe you’re ready for the school year to start. Well, no matter how you feel about it, school is almost in session. So here are a few helpful ideas to transition from summer fun into the new school year.
No more late nights and sleeping in. It’s time to get back on schedule. Bedtimes and alarm clocks will shortly become the “norm” again. It’s best to start a sleep/wake routine a week or more before school starts. This will get your kids in the habit before the first day begins.
Are your kids going to a new school this year or transitioning to junior high or high school? This can be stressful for both parents and kids. The unknown can be scary, especially for children. If you’re able to do any of the following things, it may be beneficial.
- Meet the teacher. Kids wonder, “What is my teacher going to be like?” So, if possible, take your student to meet the teacher. This may soothe any worries.
- Tour the school. For junior high students, it may be helpful to tour the facility. Junior high is a whole lot of “new”: new lockers, new building, new faces, and multiple classes/teachers. It’s easy to get lost in a big place or forget how to open your locker. Make sure your child is comfortable finding their classes and practicing that lock.
- Connect with friends. During the start of the school year, having a familiar face can make a big difference. Introduce your children to kids their age before school starts.
- Tell your kids that they’ve got this! Encourage your children and remind them they are amazing.
Don’t forget to get vaccinated. Schools require vaccinations to be done before the first day of school for both kindergarten and junior high. Save yourself some stress and panic and schedule a well visit now, if you haven’t already. The pediatrician will assess your child’s overall health, administer any necessary vaccines, and give you records to take to your child’s school.
Is your child planning on walking or riding their bike to school? Children are usually ready to start walking to school without an adult at 9 to 11 years of age. Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route with adult crossing guards at every intersection. It may be a good idea to find a walking buddy; someone to walk to and from school with. If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them or have another adult walk with them during the first week or until you are sure they know the route and can do it safely. If your child will need to cross a street on the way to school, practice safe street crossing with them before the start of school. Make your children always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic, and ride in bike lanes if they are present. Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.
Nutrition is essential during the day. Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school and have better concentration and more energy. Some schools provide breakfast for children in the mornings; but if your child is unable to attend or the school doesn’t offer breakfast, here are some easy, quick grab-n-go breakfast ideas:
- Egg Bites- scrambled eggs mixed with ham, cheese, vegetables baked in a muffin tin
- Breakfast burritos- Make ahead of time. Warm in the microwave
- Toast with peanut butter and bananas (or strawberries)
- Make-ahead French toast. Just place 1-2 slices into a bag in the fridge. Warm in the microwave or toaster
- Fresh Fruit
Lastly, with school-age children, bullying may be something that they encounter. It is vital to have a conversation with your child about bullying and what to do if they feel they are being bullied. It’s also important to teach your kids not to pick on others. The following websites can offer help and direction of what to do if your children are having an issue with a bully.
Canyon View Pediatrics hopes you find these tips useful and that you have a great school year!
Safety On the Way to School, Healthchildren.org https://healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Safety-On-The-Way-To-School.aspx
The Case for Eating Breakfast, Healthychildren.org https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/The-Case-for-Eating-Breakfast.aspx