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How to help school kids get back to the books after the holidays and other breaks from school

So, the holiday break is over and it is time for your children to go back to school. Here are some tips to help your kids readjust to their school-time routine.

(1) Return to a normal sleeping schedule.

While your kids were off during the holidays, they may have stayed up later at night knowing that they could sleep late the next morning. As the break ends, get your kids back on their normal bedtime routine. This includes having your kids go to bed at the same time each night and having a consistent routine before they go to bed to help them fall asleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that younger children get 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night and that adolescents (13 to 18 year olds) get 8 to 10 hours of sleep.

(2) Eat a healthy breakfast.

During the holidays a lot of us develop bad eating habits! It may be difficult to break that habit once school starts, but many studies have shown that children who eat breakfast do better in school than those who don’t. It is not only important that kids eat something for breakfast, but also that they eat something healthy. Eggs, fruit, healthy cereals, oatmeal, and toast are better than doughnuts and sugary cereals. Milk, vegetable juice, and 100 percent fruit juice are better than sodas.

(3) Cut down on media time.

With the extra free time that vacations bring, your children might have spent more time online chatting, surfing, or playing games. Now that school is starting and the extra free time is ending, kids will need to get back to their regular homework and chores routines. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children stop using electronic devices well in advance of going to bed. This will improve their night’s rest and help them feel energized in the morning.

(4) Review homework.

Brain drain isn’t just an issue for summer break! With all the family visits and gift-giving, it’s no wonder kids often forget some of what they learned before the break. If your children had homework assignments over the break, remind them to review their work (and make sure that it was completed!). If they didn’t have homework, it helps to ask them to look over previous assignments to refresh their memory. With a few minutes of review, kids will be better able to pick up their studies where their teachers left off before the break. Their teachers will thank you!

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Sources:

http://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources-by-age/big-kid/1534-back-to-school-after-winter-break

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx

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