By: Mission Healthy Living
August 31, 2015
Happy first day of school! Today is the start of a new school year for many local school districts as students and staff return from summer vacation. The transition back-to-school is never an easy one and can be overwhelming for young kids and teens alike. A new grade level, new teacher and for some at the junior and senior high level, a new building all together. The change can bring about feelings of anxiety as they become overwhelmed and stressed with their new found responsibilities. Here are some tips to help your student during his or her first week back and ease the jitters that come with the territory.
Take advantage of orientations: Most schools have some sort of back-to-school night or welcome orientation if the students are moving to a new building. These are provided so the students can get acclimated to their new surroundings. In most cases, they will have the opportunity to tour the buildings, find their classrooms and possibly meet their new teachers. It's the perfect opportunity to help ease their minds before the first week so they know what they'll be navigating on a daily basis.
Get involved: It's always a good idea to encourage your children to get involved in extracurricular activities like clubs, sports, music, art, etc. This is a great way to help your child become well-rounded while forming long-lasting friendships and doing something they enjoy. This is especially important for high school students as they prepare to apply for college. Getting involved from the start and holding leadership roles within the activities they choose looks great on college applications. Parents, it's also vital for you to get involved and volunteer at your child's school or with their various after-school activities.
Ensure proper rest time: With school starting back up again as well as fall sports and other activites, kids are on the go 24/7. If it's not one thing, it's the next and there's nothing that makes stress or anxiety worse than lack of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function the next day. Furthermore, school-aged children, 6-13 years old, need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night. A good night's rest is vital to a productive day. Stress to your children the importance of getting to bed at a reasonable time, keeping it fairly the same each night to help them get into a routine during the school year.
Wishing all a great school year!