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Back-to-School Tips You Haven’t Thought Of

Let’s face it – the end of summer holidays is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking of going back to school.

You already have the kids stationery lists sorted, and stocked up with new pencils, paper  etc – and maybe even new clothes! But there are a few back-to-school tips that you might not yet have considered – and these may help you stay head of the class!

 

Your kids slept in late all summer – and you’re not a morning person either.

What to do:

 

1. Practice – A couple of weeks before summer ends, slowly reintroduce the school-year schedule by getting the kids to bed earlier at night and waking them earlier and earlier every day to get back into the routine.

2. Organize early – Instead of rushing around to get ready for school each morning, try to accomplish some tasks the night before. Pick out tomorrow’s outfits, pack lunches, organize backpacks, etc. before you head to bed.

 

That new lunchbox is cute, but the food inside could help or hurt the day.

What to do:

1. Eat for energy – It’s important for students to eat foods that will help them maintain energy throughout the day. In addition to fruits and veggies, pack lunchboxes with low-fat proteins like chicken, beans, and low-fat yogurt. Eating sugary snacks and carbohydrates might give you a quick energy boost, but  it will also leave your kids feeling hungry and sleepy before the school day ends.

2. Remember breakfast! The old saying is true – studies have shown that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, forstudents especially. Students who eat breakfast are more alert and productive in the classroom.

 

Backpacks are helpful, but they can lead to severe pain for your little ones.

What to do:

1. It’s all in the design – Backpacks should distribute weight among the body’s strongest muscles; otherwise, they can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as problems with posture, such as rounding of the shoulders. Select a backpack that has wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps and padded back support. Also, make sure your kids always use both shoulder straps when carrying their backpacks. Carrying a backpack on just one shoulder strains muscles to compensate for the uneven weight.

2. Keep it light and organized – Those backpack compartments are there for a reason – use them! Put items in the compartments so the weight is evenly distributed, and pack heavy items closest to the center of the back for optimal support. Keep in mind that your child’s backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight.

 

80 percent of everything children learn comes through their eyes.

What to do:

1. Schedule an annual eye exam – Uncorrected vision problems can impact your child’s ability to learn and interact with the world around her; yet shockingly, studies show that 90 percent of children who need glasses do not have them. Have an eye doctor check your child’s vision every year during a comprehensive eye exam.

2. Watch for certain behaviors – Most of the time, children don’t realize they have an eye issue. If your child is squinting, frequently rubbing his eyes, sitting really close to the television, or complaining of headaches, it’s time to see an eye doctor.