‘Back to Class’ means healthy routines for kids

W ow, the summer is going fast.

We imagine that’s what many parents are saying as their school-age children and college students get ready to head “Back to Class.”

It’s an exciting time.

Locally, public school begins next Wednesday … earlier than usual … then the week after that for others.

Whether your child will start pre-school or begin their freshmen or first year at a college or trade school, the start of classes means change.

One of the biggest back-to-school fears is, “will I like my teacher(s)?”

To calm those concerns, we hope you’ve taken advantage of any open houses at your schools, or even try to visit class early to meet teachers.

Nothing wrong with that.

A lot of teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

Very importantly, get ready for new routines, and make sure to ease into them with your child.

Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household, says www.Care.com, which offers some of the following advice.

Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance.

Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time.

Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

Don’t underestimate the importance of routine … starting with breakfast in the morning.

Homework time in the evening.

Reading time … please, parents, read to your kids and have them read to you.

Set your kids’ sleep schedule — and adjust it well BEFORE school starts.

Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.

Nightly or regular “talk time” among student and parents is so … SO important.

You’ve read and hear where too many parents have not been really in tune with any challenges or pressures their kids are going through.

Attend school programs and events with your kids.

Meet and talk with teachers and principals when possible.

Encourage your kids to read at least one book before the school year begins.

Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.

Surely there will be relief for many parents once their kids go back to school.

But remember, when your kids go back to school, so do you … in support of their learning and growth.

The quality of your child’s education is not solely based on the quality of their teachers.

For sure, parents hold the key to success.

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