With less than two weeks to go before the kids go back to school, switching from summer to school mode can be stressful for everyone in the household. There are probably a million things running through us parent’s minds, especially if it’s a brand-new school or their very first day! To make it a healthy transition and more organised when the new term starts, check out these ‘back to school tips’ for parents.
Get back into a bedtime routine.
During the school holidays your children have probably stayed up late and slept in, so getting them back into a healthy sleep routine may become challenging to say the least. It is recommended that children aged between six to twelve get 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and that teens get 8 to 10 hours a night. Just remember to keep a regular bedtime schedule; including turn off all electronics, trying to start the transition early and establishing clear rules if they decide to push back. Plus, don’t forget to brush their teeth before bed with Forever’s Bright Toothgel!
Start their day off right.
Mornings can often be hectic, but you want to make sure your kids are properly fuelled for the busy school day ahead by giving them a nutritious and healthy breakfast. It is also the perfect time to bond and spend quality time as a family. We suggest that kids begin their day with plenty of protein and fibre, which will hopefully help them feel satisfied until the lunch bell rings.
Pack a healthy lunch.
Packing a healthy and nutritious lunch (ask your kids what they actually would like to eat) should be at the top of your to-do list before the new term starts. It is the perfect opportunity to include lots of fruit and veg, so they are guaranteed to get at least one of their five a day.
Some growing children, especially those who don't eat a varied diet, sometimes don't get enough vitamins, but there are solutions! Forever’s Aloe Vera Gels, which are available in original, peach and berry flavours are packed full of Vitamin C and are suitable for the entire family. Forever Kids is also a great supplement that will give your child all the nutrients they need, including vitamin A, C, D and B12, iron and zinc.
Figure out what’s due that first week of school.
The first week of school can be a busy time, with kids catching up with friends on their summer, trying to remember what they learnt last term, and even being introduced to a new teacher. To make it smooth sailing why not talk to your child and check they have caught up on any homework they were set, or summer reading they were asked to do?
Exercise the brain before they start.
After having so much time away from the school classroom our child’s brain can become rather lazy. It’s important that you continue routines and intellectually stimulating activities over the summer holidays, such as reading and writing. Try to have a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, has limited distractions, and promotes study.
Make the most of the fresh air.
Going back to class doesn’t mean your children have to say farewell to outdoor fun. Make a habit of getting outside together after the school day ends; why not go for a walk to the park or cycling to the shop? Being outdoors also encourages kids to climb, jump, run and tumble, promoting muscle fitness and flexibility, as well as improving their energy levels and increasing their sense of positivity.
Do you have any parental tips for going back to school? Let us know in the comments.