Tips To Ensure Kids Have A Healthy Start Back To School
Aug 28, 2021
As many kids return back to school, parents can be a bit frantic about making sure their kids get a healthy start and settled back into a routine.
Here are a few tips to make life a little easier for everyone:
- Most school-age kids need between 9-11 hours of sleep
- Encourage a bedtime routine and stick to it!
- Remove technology from the bedroom - no television, no laptop, no tablet, and no phone!
- Healthy food helps kids focus and pay attention compared to foods that are heavy in fat or high in sugar which can lead to feeling sleepy or jittery
- Keep fruit available for a quick snack-on-the-go
- Pre-cut carrots and celery at the beginning of the week for convenience
- Create a meal plan for the week and delegate who is going to prepare each meal
- Limit the weight of the backpack to less than 10-15% of the child’s body weight. If the child weighs 100 pounds, then their backpack should be a maximum of 10-15 pounds.
- Insist that both backpack straps are used on both shoulders to reduce risk of poor posture
- Create an area designated for homework that is free of distractions from television, siblings, or clanging pots and pans
- Designate time chunks to complete homework. For example, for elementary age children, try 20-30 minutes of homework then a play break of kickball or riding bikes. For adolescents, they might be able to work for 60 minutes before taking a break… and they should take a break. Adults are more productive at work when they take 3-5 minute breaks every 50-60 minutes. Allow the teenager to take comparable breaks, too.
- Make a family calendar and keep it in a central place where everyone can see it
- Plan ahead with homework, school projects, and upcoming tests so students can prepare ahead of time if assignments are due after a big game or the school play
- Parents - make an appointment in their daily schedule to check each child’s school schedule and assignment due dates; staying on top of things each day reduces the “last minute” project or supply run the night before its due
Enjoy getting back into the school groove!