Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

It’s back to school time and we want to see all of our kids start the year off strong!

We know that this time of year can be especially stressful on kids and parents alike. From dealing with scheduling issues to anxiety about making new friends and bullying, it’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed.

Here are some tips that we’ve gathered from experts over the years to help make this school year your child’s best year ever:

Tip #1 – Start your back to school routines early

Don’t wait for the night before their first day of school to start putting your child to bed at the right time. Over the summer months it’s easy to let them stay up later than normal since they can sleep in the next day. But once school starts, your child will need 8-10 hours of quality sleep each night to be at their best. Setup a consistent sleep/wake schedule for your child and stick to it.

To help make sure they fall asleep at bedtime, try to establish 1 hour of downtime before bed. No physical activity, only light snacks, and no tablets or phones. The light emitted from their screens has been shown to have a negative effect on sleep patterns.

Tip #2 – Keep your child on a healthy diet

The food we eat has a tremendous affect on our ability to function throughout the day. Diets that are high in sugar or caffeine can cause fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and poor concentration. This, in turn, can lead to bad behavior, academic struggles, and social problems including bullying.

Set your child up for success during the school day by giving them lots of healthy foods and snacks. Focus on more fruits and vegatables and stay away from sugary cereals, snack bars, and soda. Most importantly, set a good example for your child by making sure you are eating healthy as well!

Tip #3 – Boost their confidence

One of the biggest things we seek to do in our martial arts classes is provide our students with an environment where confidence can thrive. One of the things we’ve learned over the past 30 years of working with kids is that communication is key! Children are much more likely to feel confident when they feel that their parents and teachers really listen to them.

Ask them how their day went. We know that this can be difficult and that children often hold back and simply respond with “good”, but show them you care and dig deeper. They might be holding back because they have something they want to tell you but are embarrassed or don’t want to bother you. Never brush off or ignore your child’s feelings. When they feel confident communicating with you, they will feel more confident when talking to teachers or standing up to bullies.

Most importantly, remind them everyday of how much you love them and of how special they are. Confidence begins at home. Praise their efforts and accomplishments whether they are big or small. You’ll be surpirsed how far a simple “I’m proud of you!” can go.

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