Seems like just yesterday the kids started back to school but it has already been a month now. Transitioning from lazy, fun summer days to regimented school days can be a challenge, but I have a few tips that helped make it easier for my children.
- A few weeks before summer break is over, start getting your children to bed earlier. Move up bedtime 10-15 every few nights. If your children have trouble falling asleep earlier, at least get them in bed to calm down with some reading. They can read by themselves but most kids love to be read to, so maybe finding a good chapter book to read would help kids to look forward to getting into bed earlier.
- Begin waking your children up earlier. This gets them used to getting up by the time school starts. It also helps with them falling asleep earlier. Remember, a well-rested child adapts to change much easier!
- Make sure to do your back-to-school shopping early. Not only will it keep you from being stressed out trying to find that one specific item, it can keep your kids calmer, too.
- Let your kid personalize their school belongings. This might be adding stickers to folders and notebooks or picking out their own pencil bag.
- Encourage your children to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. Healthy bodies means healthy minds!
- Talk about first-day jitters. Most kids get them. Figure out what will help ease your child's jitters.
- Take your child to open house or to meet the teacher/see the classroom. This helps your child feel calmer about the "unknown" of the first day.
1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!
2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your child’s daily routine.
3. Let there be light! Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy during the summer months!
4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.
5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.
6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days can be particularly high in pollen.
7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens from body surfaces and hair.
8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.
9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.