With summer is winding down kids are just getting back to school.
Before you send them off be sure they are prepared to be safe and successful in the classroom. The American academy of pediatrics recommends choosing a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. The backpack and its contents should never weight more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
And remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
Teaching good nutrition
Nutrition is also an important part of school life.
Studies show children who eat a healthy breakfast have better concentration and more energy. When packing lunches try to include water or low-fat milk instead of sugary juices or soda. And if your child is buying lunch help guide their choices ahead of time.
A place and time to study
Help your student develop good study habits.
Set up a well-lit and quiet work spot at home where supplies are within easy reach. Also, figure out the time of day that works best for your child to do their homework. Some kids may want to start right after school, while others may need a short break.
And if your child is having difficulty focusing on or completing homework, talk with their teacher, school counselor, or doctor.