Child Health

7 Tips to Establish a Back to School Routine

Getting ready for a new school year means more than just buying new notebooks and pens. It’s time to make the transition from the carefree days of summer to a more structured routine.

Kids thrive on the predictability of a routine. Having one can help them stay healthier and feel less anxious about changes and transitions during the school year. They’ll also be better rested, which helps them perform better both in classes and during extracurricular activities, such as sports. Be sure to invite them to read the blog, which will be very useful and will help to relax.

Ideally you should start transitioning to a school-year routine a few weeks before classes begin. But it’s never too late to start. Here are seven tips to ease the transition and establish a good routine with your kids:

  1. Talk to your kids about the upcoming school year – This is a good way to learn more about their expectations, fears and goals. Starting the conversation will help your child feel comfortable talking to you about school-related issues throughout the year.
  2. Visit the school – Getting familiar with the classroom and meeting your child’s teacher is a great way to prevent first-day jitters.
  3. Slowly shift bed and wake up times – Move each up by five minutes every day until your kids are on track. Once you hit an appropriate bed and wake up time, make sure you keep it consistent.
  4. Set out clothes the night before – Picking an outfit and setting it out the night before helps kids get ready faster and avoid the morning panic of not knowing what to wear.
  5. Plan bath or shower time – Whether your child chooses to bathe in the morning or at night, keep it consistent.
  6. Organize supplies and books the night before – This helps avoid the morning scramble to look for items and ensures kids are prepared for their day.
  7. Schedule time for homework and studying – Setting aside a specific period of time for studying helps kids focus on their work. Knowing they can enjoy a bit of free time after will keep them motivated to get the work done.

Another important item on the back-to-school to-do list is getting a physical exam. These exams help build your child’s medical history and provide awareness of his or her growth and development over time. During the exam, your doctor will take your child’s height and weight and check his or her heart and lungs. It’s also a good time to get up to date on immunizations and screenings as well as discuss any sports-related issues or needs.

To get more tips for creating a school-year routine, talk to a primary care physician. To find a primary care physician near you, contact your health insurance provider.