Kids Aren't the Only Ones with Homework on the Horizon

Cynthia Dermody
Big Kid
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Back to School Guide

back to school tips

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The following is a guest post from our sponsor, Take Care Clinics.

Sending kids back into the classroom has its own challenges for Mom.

This school year, moms have more on their minds than getting the right markers and notebooks. With stronger and more dangerous strains of the flu circulating this year, we all have to take precautions, especially when it comes to our children.

What's more, due to financial strain, many families are delaying visits to the doctor and simply hoping to avoid getting sick. So, how can you proactively protect your kids and keep them healthy this school year? Here's a list of tips to help you do just that.

1. Get that school physical. Most schools have specific guidelines that must be followed to ensure the health and welfare of children. Getting your child's school and sports physicals is a simple way to address a variety of physical, social and psychological issues, and to ensure their school year is off to a healthy start.

2. Make sure your school-age child's vaccinations are up to date. It is important that your child is up to date with all current vaccination recommendations required by their school. Visit your child's healthcare provider to find out which vaccinations are right for your child.

3. Add easy-to-pack, healthy food items to your grocery list. Nutritious breakfasts and lunches help your child stay focused and energized so they can perform at their best during the school day. Be sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and low-sugar beverages for their lunch.

4. Start setting that bedtime routine now. Earlier wake-up times call for earlier bedtimes. Develop a regular bedtime routine to ensure your child is getting plenty of rest.

 5. Make sure your children know how to reach you. Be sure your child knows his or her phone number, address and who to call in case of an emergency. If they cannot remember this information, make sure it is on their person, written on clothing tags, wristbands, jewelry, etc.

Do you have tips or tricks to keep things running smoothly when it's time for the kids to head back to school? Share your wealth of mom knowledge with other parents and together we can ensure another happy and healthy school year for our kids.

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