A new school year is right around the corner and many families are looking for ways to transition from the lazy days of summer to the busy fall schedules that await them.
While children are filled with excitement and first-day jitters, parents often worry if they are sufficiently prepared. To help your child make the most out of this school year, all you need is a little organization, communication and forethought.
Dr. Elizabeth McCabe, a pediatrician at Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Waterview Park, shares tips to prepare your child for a fresh start and a healthy, educational year.
Staying healthy throughout the school year
It’s no secret that school and germs go hand in hand. In an effort to keep your child as healthy as possible throughout the year, encourage healthy habits and set ground rules ahead of time.
Dealing with school stressors
With a new schedule, new friends and a handful of new activities, it’s no wonder kids can find themselves feeling anxious or stressed during the school year. Communication, quality time and a little extra planning on your part can help keep these all too common feelings at bay.
Between work, school and new extra-curricular activities all amidst shorter autumn days, this busy season of life can keep anyone preoccupied. Don’t forget to plan some family time too! Whether it’s one-on-one time throughout the week or a fun family outing over the weekend, this special time together is just as important as what’s listed above.
Elizabeth McCabe, MD, is a pediatrician at Mercy Clinic Primary Care, located at 2601 SW 119th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To make an appointment, call (405) 378-5752.