No matter how old your child is, the beginning of the school year can be an exciting – and sometimes stressful – adventure! Whether your child is attending school in-person or participating in virtual learning this year, here are a few tips to make this school year safe, fun, and productive!

Establish a Routine

The first few weeks of a new school year can be some of the most stressful as children phase out of their summer schedules and get used to a new routine of school, daycare, or afterschool programs. Establishing routines for children such as when they go to sleep and wake up in the morning, designated play time, and specific mealtimes help give your child a sense of stability when they know exactly what to expect each day.

Set Aside Time for Play

Playtime is crucial to children’s physical and mental well-being. Being given time and space to develop their imagination, engage in active outdoor activities, and take a break from the daily stressors in their lives can improve children’s overall happiness and productivity. Pediatricians recommend a minimum of one hour of play each day for children, so try to set aside some time each day to allow your child to relax, unwind, and have fun!

Encourage Open Communication

Starting the school year can be scary, especially if your child is starting at a new school or daycare center! You can help your child ease into the school year by encouraging daily conversations about their day, what they learned, and how they’re feeling. Encouraging your child to openly talk to you about their experiences can help ease their own anxieties about school, and alert you to any concerns they might have!

Foster Healthy Eating Habits

We know your child’s health is a top priority, and it can sometimes be challenging to maintain healthy eating habits if your child is spending more time away from home at school. However, making sure your child is eating plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein is a great way to ensure they stay energized throughout the school day! Try to offer a variety of options in their packed lunch or after-school snack and look over the lunchroom choices at school to help your child choose healthier options whenever possible!

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