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First Day Back to School
Adjusting Back to Sleeping Schedule
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August 2014 Issue






Tips for the first day back to school:


1) Remind your child that there is a good chance that other students in their class may be uneasy about the first day of school. Remind them the teachers will be aware they are a bit anxious and will do everything they can to make them feel more comfortable.

2) Point out the positives about going back to school. Maybe bringing up a fun memory that he/she has had in the previous years. Remind your child that going back to school will be fun!

3) Find another child in the neighborhood that your child may be able to ride the bus with. Better yet, the same class!

4) If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child to school and from school (or walk) the first day to have him/her be accustomed to the new school setting.

Tips for buying your child a backpack 
1) Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps as well as a padded back.
2) Pack lightly for your child. Place the heavier items towards the back of the backpack. The weight of the backpack should never be more than 10-20% of your child's body weight.
3) ALWAYS have your child use both shoulder straps. Hanging the backpack over one shoulder can cause a shoulder injury.
4) Find a backpack that is comfortable for your child's needs.
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 Back to School Sleeping Schedule
1) Start early
It is recommended about 3 weeks prior to school starting, children should be re-oriented to the school-day schedule.
Set the time
If children generally wake up by 6 or 6:30 for school, it is suggested that bedtime should be around 8 p.m. The more one sticks with this, the easier this will be.
Turn off electronics
To help children wind down, electronics should be turned off an hour prior to bed time. This includes TV, video games, and computers. 
4) Reserve their bed for sleeping: According to Kyle P. Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Oregon Health and Science University Doernbecher Children's 
Hospital, reading in a separate place such as a bean bag or chair helps a child associate that their bed is for sleeping only. 
5) Take away caffeine: If it is possible to take away caffeine completely that would be most beneficial. However, if not, children should not consume caffeine after lunchtime.
6) Set the mood: To help promote good sleep, it helps if the room is kept dark, cool, and quiet. Nightlights are okay though!
7Set the rules: Plain and simple. Set the rules about bedtime and stick to them.
8) Practice what you preach: It helps your child see if you are following a sleeping pattern of your own. Making sure you are taking care of yourself and giving yourself enough sleep at night.
9) Set next summer's hours: The more one stays to a school sleep schedule throughout the summer, the easier the transition will be when going back to school. 
Brain Food


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