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It’s time to get your kids ready for back to school! Doesn’t it seem like the summer goes by too quickly? Or, maybe you’ve been looking forward to back to school time for a few weeks already. Either way, it’s time to prepare for back to school now so you’re not rushed in a few weeks. You won’t want to spend the last few days of summer vacation running around like a crazy person
Get Your Kids Ready for Back to School
There are a lot of things that need to get done for back to school time. You’ve probably already started things like clothes shopping and school supply shopping. While it’s easy to focus on the tangible things, don’t forget these health tips when you’re preparing for school.
Have your child’s vision and hearing checked before school starts. Address any problems before they affect your child’s grades. Vision problems are common among school-aged children but they are easy to correct with a vision checkup.
Make sure the kids ease back into getting up early again by getting them to bed a bit earlier the week before school starts. Neither of my teenagers are naturally early risers and getting them up at 6:30am again is going to be a challenge.
Make sure you send healthy lunches with your kids especially if your child’s school lunches are less than healthy. Let your child shop with you so you can pick out healthy snacks that they like. That way they don’t end up in the trash or traded for something less healthy.
Make sure you schedule a sports physical if your child is going to participate in any sports. This should address any basic health concerns. Don’t wait too long though as there is often a waiting list.
Encourage play time
Encourage lots of outdoor play during the summer and during the school year. When my son comes home from school, the first thing we do is send him outside to run around and burn off some energy. After that’s done, he can concentrate on his homework.
Keep your eyes open for symptoms of depression or anger management issues. Peer pressure and bullying can be issues for many kids and keeping an eye on their mental health is as important as their physical health.
Watch the weight of your child’s backpack. Tossing in books, binders, and sports equipment can make a backpack way too heavy to be safely carried on your child’s back. Look into some alternative options like sling packs.
Make sure you send in any necessary medication or inhalers your child will need to the school nurse on the first day of school. We always made sure my daughter had an extra inhaler for her asthma since she kept forgetting hers at home.
Sit down and talk to your child about drugs, alcohol, and sex. You’d be surprised at how early these issues actually affect your child. You don’t want them to be exposed to them before you’ve had a chance to sit down and talk.
Have a discussion with your child about school bus safety. If you’re school district doesn’t use seatbelts on their school buses, talk to the administration about getting them.
Back to school can be stressful enough learning about new schedules, new lockers and new classes. Help your child be as prepared as possible to ensure their back to school experience goes as smoothly as it can. What else do you do to get your kids ready for back to school?
Check out these back to school tips for parents.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.