July 20, 2010

Ten Tips for Ensuring a Healthy, Safe and Successful School Year

Yep, it's high summer now, but guess what? Soon the ol' school bells will be ringing again and kids will be going back to class.

What? They don't have school bells anymore? Shame, that. Such a lovely piece of nostalgia!

Okay, so the buzzers will be buzzing and kids will be going back to class. How's that?

Time to think about new school year wardrobes, supplies, and oh yes, health.

Here are Ten Tips for Ensuring a Healthy, Safe and Successful School Year:

1. Make sure your kids get a healthy breakfast before they dash out the door. Yes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially for children.

2. Make sure they have healthy lunches and snacks. Don't rely on them to make good choices. A candy bar and soda is not a healthy lunch.

3. If your kids make their own lunches, be sure to keep plenty of healthy choices available to them, like fruit, yogurt, nuts, etc.

4. Plan ahead to take advantage of any tax breaks your state may offer on back to school clothing and supplies.

5. If your child uses a computer, have it thoroughly checked out and routine maintenance done before they take it to class. This will save a lot of headaches down the road (trust me on this!).

6. A new backpack for the new school year? How about researching some eco-friendly backpacks this time? There are lots of good alternatives that are made from recycled and/or reclaimed materials, such as old parachute and billboard materials.

7. Don't wait till the last minute to pick up new school supplies. Chances are every other mom in town is down at the local discount variety store getting them too and your options will be severely limited to what's available.

8. Does your school require school uniforms? Time to start planning for them now. Your child may have grown an inch or two since last year and those old uniforms, while still perfectly good, may no longer fit.

9. Be sure to check out whatever immunization records your school may require. Getting a doctor's appointment at the last minute can be a risky proposition.

10. Give some serious consideration to having your child's eyes checked before the school year begins. Nothing saps a child's enthusiasm for school like not being able to see properly.

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Now that I've got you thinking about how to make sure your child has a healthy, safe and successful school year, why not share your ideas with others and you might win some big prizes!

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Christa Terry said...

I am not looking forward to having to deal with all those details in the future! (Plus, it will mean that my baby is in school and I am older, boo.)

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