Tips for a Happy, Healthy Child in the New Year

After the fun of the holiday season, its hard to get back into the routine, especially for kids when it means going back to school. However, this can be an opportunity to help your child be the best student he or she can be. With these few simple tips, you can make sure your child starts off on the right foot in the new year:

Get back on track
After two or three weeks off from school, it may take your child some time to get back into the swing of things. They key is to make the transition smooth and gradual. A few days before your children go back to school, decide on a bedtime that is earlier than they have been going to bed and gradually transition to their normal bedtime on a school night. Make sure your children return to their normal meal times and activities.

A Mental Jumpstart
Breakfast isn’t a meal you want to skip. Having a healthy meal to start your day seems to improve concentration and problem-solving skills. Eating a balanced breakfast can sharpen a child’s memory and improve test scores.

Be a Positive Example
Remember that setting a good example by eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise is key to getting your kids to adopt healthy lifestyles. Don’t underestimate the importance of staying involved in your child’s education and attending school functions. Children who have parents who are more involved with their education perform better in school, are better adjusted and are less likely to drop out.

If You Want to See Better Grades, then you may want to reorganize your child’s room. Specifically, consider moving his or her TV to another location. Too much time spent watching TV and playing video and computer games can harm a child’s academic performance. School-age kids shouldn’t get more than one to two hours of screen time a day. Here are some ideas to help your child develop good study habits:

  • Provide a work space that is specifically for their homework. It can be in their bedroom or another part of the home, the key is that the space offers privacy.
  • Give your child the necessary tools to get the job done. Provide good lighting, pencils, paper and any other supplies he or she may need.
  • Make sure your child has enough time to get his or her homework done at a reasonable hour.
  • Check-in on their computer to ensure it’s being used for their homework and not acting as a distraction.
  • Make yourself available to help them with questions. But never do your child’s homework. If your child is having a hard time with homework, consider a tutor. Talk it over with your child’s teacher.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye, neck and brain fatigue while studying. Have your child close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break periodically.

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