Getting back into routine

Now that the summer break is over, it’s time to gear up for a new school year. We’ve all indulged in the luxury of free time, gluttonous eating, social hangouts and carefree days for the last few months, but now it’s back to reality. The ringing of the classroom bells beckons your child back into the school routine. Ginger Joe, a school teacher with the Child Life team, offers some tips to make the transition a little easier.

1. Positive communication is a MUST. Talk with your child about his or her goals for this new semester.

2. Listen to help and not to judge your child. If he or she isn’t thrilled about going back to school, that’s OK.

3. Gradually transition into the school-mode routine with some weekly rewards. Leave a note in your child’s lunch bag to say you’re proud of him for waking up on time – or offer to let him have a friend over during the weekend, if he gets an early start on homework.

4. Whatever you do, just be consistent.

Starting a new school year can be challenging for many families. Children often feel the stress of meeting new teachers and classmates and wondering what the upcoming school year will look like for them. Parents can play a very important role in the success of their child’s school year.

Here are some tips from Trina Gillam, who serves as one of the supervisors of Le Bonheur’s Healthy Families program.

And now that school is back in session, you may be puzzled over how to ensure that your child has a well-balanced lunch. Some parents prefer to send lunch to save money, avoid allergens or for other health reasons. Katelyn Wolfe, MS, RD, CSP, LDN, a Le Bonheur dietitian, shares her favorite healthy lunch items. Pick one item from each category to help you or your child make a lunch that packs a nutritional punch.

We hope this school year will be your child's best yet! 

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