You’ve stocked up on face masks and hand sanitizer. You’ve purchased a new pair of sneakers and the all-important backpack. With the first day of school right around the corner, how do you help your child prepare for this new normal? Which tips should you consider for the upcoming year? 

“Realize that for some children, starting school can be a stressful time. Children are changing their sleep schedules, entering a more structured environment, and interacting with new friends or teachers – and in some cases a completely new school.”

Dr. Adam Olewnik

Pediatrician, Ken-Ton FamilyCare

A Pediatrician’s Tips for a Healthy Start to This School Year


1Make sure your child get adequate sleep. Whether your student is physically attending school or distance learning, poor or insufficient sleep can have significant effects on school performance. Many of us let our children stay up later during the summer months. But as school starts back, it’s important to adjust that bedtime.

2Get them into a routine. Having a routine benefits both the child and the parent, so you both know what to expect! Before the year starts, set some time aside to construct a weekday schedule – and involve your child in this process!

3Make sure they visit their doctor. Yearly physicals are important to ensure children are growing and developing properly.

4Ensure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. Vaccines are necessary to help protect children and others against disease.

5Talk to them about social distancing. It doesn’t have to be a scary conversation. Empower your student by discussing ways to avoid the spread of germs and smart tips for going about the day during a global pandemic. We want students to care about their own health and the well-being of those around them.

6Help your kids make healthy food choices. It could be what’s in their lunchbox, or what’s being served in the kitchen at home. Either way, use meal time as an excuse to talk about nutrition and the importance of a well-balanced diet.

7Expect progress, not perfection. All of us – parents, teachers, doctors – are in uncharted territory. Expecting this school year to go off without a hitch might be setting yourself (and the kids) up for disappointment. Take pride in what you can control, like your home environment and your child’s understanding of the situation.

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