Back to School: A Survival Guide

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Back to School Survival Guide

NEWS FLASH: School starts soon, which means your family’s lazy summer evenings are numbered!

But never fear, we’ve put together seven ways you can make back to school a healthy transition:


1. Schedule your child’s well-check.

It’s important for kids to have a well-check with their pediatrician each year to talk about their growth, any behavior concerns, development questions or concerns about weight. Schedule your well-check before kids are back in school so you can kill two birds with one stone and also take care of screenings for sports physicals or other medical needs required by schools.

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2. Update vaccinations.

While you’re at your well-check appointment, make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date. Sets of shots are prescribed at various ages up through young adulthood, so ask your child’s pediatrician about what immunizations are due.



3. A little special treatment goes far.

Children with chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic allergies or attention deficit disorder often miss school because of illness or medical appointments. It’s a good idea to visit their specialist before school starts to avoid missing too much school. The same goes for appointments to see the dentist or eye doctor.



4. When it comes to homework, do yours!

Homework can overwhelm children and families. But by planning, teaching your child time management techniques and establishing some sensible ground rules, you can tame the homework beast.

  • Set aside a quiet space for homework free from distractions.
  • Save time by keeping school supplies near the study area.
  • Establish a routine. Set and stick to some ground rules about completing homework before playtime.
  • Help your children to set up a calendar, and teach them how to divide big projects into smaller tasks they can tackle one at a time.



5. You can help reduce your child’s stress.

  • Make sure they get enough sleep.
  • Encourage them to get plenty of fresh air and outdoor activity.
  • Encourage your child to participate in self-esteem building activities such as martial arts or dance.
  • Learn to say no to some invitations and activities. You can add to your child’s stress by scheduling too many activities.
  • If your child seems anxious, talk to your doctor about your concerns. Your doctor can help you determine if your child would benefit from seeing a child therapist or counselor. You should also encourage your child to talk about their worries and concerns.



6. Get plenty of sleep.

Excessive time using computers or watching television–or any activity late in the day–wakes up your brain, so it’s best to limit screen time and to have children wind down physical activity in the evenings. Parents can demonstrate good habits by limiting their own screen time, such as putting away phones during meals or family time and asking your children about activities they did during the day.



7. Teach kids how to cope with bullies.

Bullies can cause severe physical and emotional harm in children who are ill-prepared to deal with them. You can help your child to cope with a bully by providing some guidelines on how to react—or better yet, how not to. We encourage you to teach your child that the best approach is simply to walk away from and ignore a bully. You can rehearse at home with your child by role playing so your child gets comfortable with ignoring and walking away. It is just as important to teach children not to react if they witness bullying so as not to encourage the bully. Finally, if the bullying is significant, it should be reported.

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