Back to school time can put pressure on both parents and children, whether your kids are going back to the classroom or learning virtually.
Simple plans for keeping your kids healthy and happy during the school year are key to a smooth transition back to learning and back to the routine that school requires.
Consider these tips when reestablishing healthy back to school habits and for the new school year:
- Get enough sleep. Many kids shift their sleeping patterns in the summertime to staying up and waking up later in the morning. In the days leading up to the first day of school, get in the habit of establishing an earlier bedtime, so your child becomes used to going to be earlier. Most important, be sure to put away all electronics at least an hour before bedtime, instead encouraging your child to relax with non-caffeinated tea and a good book. This will ensure an easier transition when it’s time for bed.
- Ensure a healthy start. A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for children, it will increase concentration and focus at the start of the school day. Follow with a healthy lunch filled with lean protein (like turkey roll-ups), fruit (like frozen grapes), and vegetables (like cucumber and celery sticks).
- Prep the night before. Make your back to school morning easier by preparing the night before. Partner with your child to select school clothes in advance and pack what you can for lunch in advance. Get a jump-start on breakfast by making a mental note of what you’re cooking and prep ingredients in advance.
Encouraging these healthy habits at home or in the classroom will teach your children to make healthier choices from preschool and beyond.