The first day of school is a strange thing. Parents are a bit apprehensive of the independence the one year older but excited to see their children grow. Kids can't wait for this new beginning of being just a little bit older and maybe just a little nervous of the changes that have come over the summer.
Your child may not think so but there might be something more important than the "right" clothes to start the school year. Here are 3 things as a parent you can do to help them put their best foot forward.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Sleep is the time our brain processes the things we've learned throughout the day and clears out the information we don't need. Some things that might help you and your child sleep better are:
- No TV, phone or other electronics in the bedroom
- Limit caffeine and large meals late in the day
- exercise during the day
- go to be and get up at the same time each day
A good bedtime routine will make for an smoother morning routine!Proper Nutrition
Eating filling, nutritious meals can help your child's day be so much more productive. After all, it's hard to concentrate and make your energy last all day when you're hungry. Some tips for good nutrition include:
- limiting sugar and sugary drinks
- include protein with each meal or snack
- eat whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats
- drink plenty of water
Get Plenty of Exercise
One of the best things you can do for your child is teach them the value of physical activity. Exercise is one of the best ways to increase mental well being and especially when paired with good nutrition and sleep habits. This doesn't have to be just team sports. Anything goes! Biking, skateboarding, running, tag, dancing, walking the dog. Find ways to get active with your child, you'll be surprised what it does for your mood.
We all want our kids to do their best and we also know that struggles are a part of life. Helping our kids be prepared to face challenges by giving them a full belly, rested mind and physical strength to face what's ahead of them is just one way we can support our kids after we leave them at the bus stop.