2012 – 2013 School Year
The start of a new school year is filled with possibilities and promise for your child! There will be new lessons to learn, new challenges to face, and the wonder of seeing your child grow and mature before your very eyes. It is important for you, as parents, to support and nurture this important growth time for your child. Just as an athlete trains and prepares for an important race or a musician practices diligently for an upcoming concert, there are simple routines you can establish in your home to better prepare your child for success in school.
As your child begins another school year, commit yourself to practicing the three “B”s: breakfast, backpack, and bedtime.
- Breakfast: Medical research clearly supports the positive value of a healthful breakfast. Benefits include the ability to be more alert and focused, improved stamina, and a sense of well-being.
- Backpack: Always check your child’s backpack every day as soon as possible after he or she arrives home from school. You will find important announcements, notes from the teacher, and other communications from school to parent. That way, there will be no “surprises” or last minute crises in the morning. In addition, checking your child’s backpack daily will ensure that it does not become a black hole for school papers and forgotten items.
- Bedtime: The value of a good night’s sleep is well-documented. Develop not only a regular bedtime for your child, but also a bedtime routine. For example, provide a wind down time prior to putting your child to bed for the night. You might read together or encourage some time for an older child to read just prior to turning out the lights. A calm and routine end to the day matched with an appropriate amount of sleep will reap many positive benefits that support a more alert child and increase the likelihood of school success.
Making these habits household routines can help everyone get off to a smooth start and help your child feel better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Wish you and your child a great school year!
Linda D. Bilotti