Take a look at our Plan For It: Back-to-School Safety infographic for a comprehensive list of things to do to prepare for emergencies.
6. Get the groceries.
Stock up on healthy foods and nutritious snacks before the school year starts. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are in a stage of slow but steady growth and eat around four or five times a day. Implementing healthy snacking and eating habits at a young age will help your child keep a balanced diet.
Start each day with a good breakfast, even if it’s on the go, and learn how to pack the perfect school lunch.
7. Discuss coping with anxiety and stress.
Each child is unique and handles change in different ways, and starting or changing schools can be nerve-wracking for some. Sometimes, when your child complains of an upset stomach, headache, or another ailment, he or she may be exhibiting anxiety or fear. An important thing to note is that separation anxiety is a normal part of development.
The best way to help your child cope with going back to school is to be supportive. Have your kids talk through their feelings; this helps them feel comfortable about sharing certain concerns, but always reassure them that it’s best to go back to school. Most of the time, separation anxiety ends quickly.
Need to make some marks on your back-to-school health checklist? Schedule an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician or pediatrician.
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