Back to School Tips for Parents – Part 1

Back to School, Part I

The transition from easy-breezy summer to homework- and sports-filled nights can be as tough for parents as it is for kids. Lessen your stress with our strategies for starting the year off right.

Making the First Day Easier 

  • I always got nervous the night before school started and had trouble sleeping (still do to this day). If your child is suffering from back-to-school anxiety, let her know she is not alone. Maybe tell her a positive story from one of your “first days”
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Remind her of times when she had a good day at school and reassure her those will come again soon, maybe even on the first day!

Backpack Safety

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy.
  • Schedule ample time for homework. Extracurricular activities (e.g., sports, TV) should not get in the way of your child’s education.
  • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time. Or better yet, TV on non-school nights only.
  • Supervise computer and internet use. Use parent controls to block sites that you don’t want your child to visit.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for her.

Stayed Tuned: Next Week’s Topic: School Lunches

How Can I Help GOTR?

It’s school supply time and we need your help. Next time you buy school supplies, pick up one (or more) of the following items:

  • Markers- Crayola thin line works best and lasts for many seasons
  • Ink pens
  • Colored paper reams – cardstock and regular
  • Copy paper
  • Small Paper Lunch Bags
  • Index Cards – 3″ x 5″

For our full list, please visit our wish list page

For more information on this week’s topics, see:

http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx

http://www.safekids.org/our-work/blog/blog-back-to-school-sports.html#__utma=1.415225202.1341870859.1341870859.1341870859.1&__utmb=1.1.10.1341870859&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1341870859.1.1.utmcsr=%28direct%29|utmccn=%28direct%29|utmcmd=%28none%29&__utmv=-&__utmk=147031479

http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-spotlight/back-to-school-safety/#__utma=1.415225202.1341870859.1341870859.1341870859.1&__utmb=1.1.10.1341870859&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1341870859.1.1.utmcsr=%28direct%29|utmccn=%28direct%29|utmcmd=%28none%29&__utmv=-&__utmk=147031479

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