Summer is coming to an end and those chilly autumn school days are approaching quickly. It’s always a challenge to get kids prepared for the new school year, what with all the back to school shopping and making sure kids have still retained the information they learned last year. However, this year’s back to school season comes with additional challenges: learning in a global pandemic.
While the pandemic makes going back to school difficult, there are some steps that parents can take to help their children have an easier transition to in person learning and ensure improved academic performance throughout the year. Even small steps can make a big difference.
The return to school comes with an earlier start to the day. Parents should establish a bedtime routine for kids so they are used to getting up in the morning and getting ready for the day. A lack of sleep can impact mental health.
“You can just subtly do it and I don’t think the kids will even make a big deal of it. Even just fifteen minutes most kids won’t push back as opposed to two hours earlier.”
-Dr. Chris Peltier, pediatrician
Routines are especially important in reducing anxiety and stress over going back to school. Additionally, so is taking your child to see their pediatrician for a checkup, especially during these times. It is absolutely crucial to keep your child at peak physical health, so make sure to get the necessary screenings and immunizations before students are in classrooms again.
Parents should also make sure that their children are being heard and their concerns acknowledged. No matter how small or trivial their cause of worry might be, it’s still important to validate them. Discuss with your child the potential of hearing misinformation regarding masks and vaccinations circulating around. Having a plan in place to inform them of the truth makes it much easier to deal with countering false rumors.
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