Here are some tips to make the transition easier.
1-minute tip: Going back to school is exciting for both kids and parents alike -- but one thing’s for certain – new germs will come with it. Get yourself and your children into the habit of washing hands often and thoroughly with bar or liquid soap. This will help prevent the spread of certain illnesses, including the stomach bug and flu.
5-minute tip: Make sure your child’s backpack is safe. Backpacks should have wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. As far as packing – pack light. Backpacks should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. Make sure they use both shoulder straps, and the bottom of the pack sits at the waist.
15-minute tip: Pack a healthy school lunch so that kids have the energy and concentration that they need to get through their afternoon. Make sure half of the lunch is fruits and veggies, it provides whole grains, protein, and low-fat dairy. Vary the fruit, veggie, and protein choices so that kids don’t get bored.
30-minute tip: A healthy mind is important too, so help your child/children develop good homework and study habits. Make sure that they have an environment that is conducive to doing homework – that is quiet and without distractions – and monitor their internet and electronics use.
This article first appeared in the September 2016 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.