Depending on where you live, your kids may be just days away from meeting their new teachers or already adjusting to a new school routine. Our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics offer these back to school basics to make the transition healthy and happy:
Start by getting your kids into a positive mindset. Point out the plus side of going back to school, like reconnecting with friends they haven't seen all summer.
Make sure their backpacks are sturdy with padded shoulder straps and a padded back. When you get ready for the first day, don't stuff it. Keep the load to a minimum.
Getting to School
If your child will be riding the bus, explain the rules and talk about wearing a seatbelt, if one is available. If the mode of transportation is a bike, make sure your child has a helmet that meets all of the latest safety standards. And make sure any walkers know to use the crosswalks where crossing guards are stationed.
When the homework starts to pile up, set aside a specific spot where your child can work and make sure there's good light. Turn off the TV and get the year started on the right academic note.