3 back-to-school tips you need to know

3 back-to-school tips you need to know

Sharpen your pencils! It’s that time of the year again.

Yellow buses will soon be out in force, and the memories of summer vacation will begin to fade. Going back to school can be a big transition for the whole family.

Dr. David Milligan, pediatrician with Advocate Children’s Medical Group and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. offers the following advice to his patients and their parents:

  1. Get back on the school schedule at least a few days before the first day, and ideally two weeks prior to school starting to allow adequate time to adjust to a new schedule. This often means setting an alarm in the morning and going to bed earlier at night. For children or adolescents who take regular naps, it’s important to stop napping to avoid feeling tired in the middle of the day.
  2. Get the mind ready for learning. Start reading or do a few simple learning activities prior to school starting. Less screen time and more reading is important.
  3. Consider having a “trial run” for a school day. Plan to wake up, get ready and do everything you would normally do for a school day, just to practice before the first day arrives. This way, you can adjust your routine if needed prior to the excitement of the first day of school.

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Lynn Hutley
Lynn Hutley

Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.