School Prep Summary
• To ensure a healthy school season, have a rehearsal for the new school and establish a sleep routine.
• Cook nutritious breakfast with protein and teach proper handwashing techniques.
• After school, plan an activity that allows children to be active and release energy.
• Dr. David Long hopes everyone has a great start to the new school season!
The return to school is upon us. We’ve checked off getting supplies for school and new clothes and shoes and have probably even gone to see your doctor to update your immunizations. But what else can you do to have a healthy back to school season?
Here’s what I recommend:
Number one, have a rehearsal, especially if your child is going to a new school. It can help reduce anxiety and stress, which weakens the immune system. A rehearsal allows them to feel more secure, to know where they will go, and to have the memory of you with them as they walk into class.
Number two, develop a sleep routine before school starts. Getting enough sleep is important for everyone, including children. Lack of sleep makes it difficult to concentrate and learn new things.
Number three, plan on cooking nutritious breakfast that contain protein before taking them to school. Children who eat before school are able to concentrate and have more energy throughout the day.
Number four, teach them to wash their hands properly. Teach them a song that keeps them washing for at least 20 seconds.
Number five, have an activity after school. Children sit for long periods of time at school. Plan an activity together to get some energy out. Being active will help them focus, improve their behavior, and boost positive attitudes for the next day.
I hope everyone has a great first week and a new school season.
I’m Dr. David Long, and that was the long story short.