The return to classes is an exciting but stressful time for most families. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier, no matter how old your kids are.
- Stick to a sleep schedule – From toddlers to teenagers, maintaining a sleep schedule is a surprisingly effective way to feel better and be more productive. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day – including on weekends – definitely improves the quality of sleep you get.
- Talk it all out – Whether it’s wondering if they’ll have anyone to play with at recess or how they will manage a full course load while cooking their own meals for the first time, a new school year brings new worries for all ages. But the best thing for calming these anxieties is acknowledging and talking about them. Let your child know it’s okay to have fears and that you’re always there to listen to them.
- Check vaccine records – It’s more important than ever to make sure all of your children’s vaccines are up to date. With chicken pox measles and whooping cough all making a comeback in recent years, it’s a good idea to double check that your kids are immunized during their pre-back-to school doctor’s visit.
- Make a tech plan – How much is too much screen time? When are they old enough for their first cellphone? While experts are divided, most agree it all depends on your kids’ unique needs and maturity levels. So, give it some thought and make a plan now to avoid arguments once school starts.
Source: News Canada