Ease the Back-to-School Transition With These 6 Tips


by | Updated: September 15th, 2022 | Read time: 5 minutes

The beginning of a school year is always a time of transition for children and their parents. A new environment with new teachers and expectations can cause anxiety, but it’s also an exciting opportunity for growth and inspiration. For those struggling with the transition, here are six tips to get over the hump of difficulties and into a positive and productive school year.

Three Happy Kids Hold Hands as They Walk to School, Representing Tips to Ease Student Anxiety.

6 Tips to Tackle Student Anxiety & Enjoy a Successful School Year

1. Hello health

A healthy kid is a happy kid, and yearly wellness visits go a long way in making sure your child is physically and mentally up to the daily challenges of school. If you haven’t already done so, schedule a wellness visit with the pediatrician, dentist and eye doctor. Health issues can impact school performance, another reason routine health exams are crucial to a child’s overall wellbeing.

2. Necessary nutrition

It’s always important to pay attention to the foods we eat, but it’s especially important in the formative years of childhood. A balanced diet and healthy eating for kids is an important aspect of school success, helping children to stay focused and maintain cognitive function throughout their long school day.

Special attention should be given to breakfast, the first meal of the day. For a child who regularly receives all required nutrients, occasionally missing that meal shouldn’t have a major impact. In general, a well-rounded breakfast, including protein, starch and vegetables, can help a child maintain stable blood sugar levels. This, in turn, can help children stay focused on classroom lessons.

3. Excellent exercise

It’s not just what you put into your body that’s important, the output plays a role as well. Engaging in regular physical activity is an important factor in general health, mental health and may even support cognitive function. Exercise can be fun for kids! Playing sports, walking the dog or even raking leaves and shoveling snow can be fun fitness activities for the family. Try to make sure your kids are active for at least one hour a day, all the better if the activity includes some moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercises.

4. Successful schedules

A time for everything and everything in its time, to paraphrase a famous proverb.

Each non-school part of a child’s day contains many little tasks. Some are fun and kids look forward to doing them. Other tasks, though, can be stressful, difficult, or downright boring. Every parent can relate to morning-rush drama, homework time struggles and bedtime delays. Setting up routines for all these daily tasks can help your home function smoother, but does it have any impact on a child’s performance in school?

Research regarding decision fatigue shows that the more decisions a person needs to make, the more exhausted their brain becomes and the harder they find it to make better decision going forward. The research suggests that one way to avoid decision fatigue is to eliminate as much decision making as possible for routine activities. Deciding whether to brush your teeth before or after getting dressed uses brain power. Having a set morning routine, where activities and tasks follow a set sequence, avoids the need to make a new decision each morning. This leaves additional cognitive powers for other tasks later in the day.

There’s another benefit to setting up routines. Some children are anxious about their schooldays. Or maybe they are distracted or hyperactive. Perhaps they have hard time staying on task. All of the above may make it difficult for a child to get ready for school in the morning, complete homework every day, and then get ready to bed on time. But having a routine for these three daily activities makes it much easier for such a child to complete each task. Routines are calming and gently move a child from one activity to the next.

5. Class communication

Your child’s day at home and at school affect each other in many ways. Yet, without clear and open lines of communication, it’s hard for parents to know what goes on at school and vice versa. That’s why it’s so important that parents make every effort to communicate with their child’s teacher. Let them know about any significant changes at home such as a birth, death, separation, moving to a new house, even a new pet. This helps the teacher make accommodations for your child as they adjust. Also let your child’s teacher know about any health concerns regarding yourself or your child. Don’t bury issues. Discuss them. Remember, you and the teacher are both working for the success of your child.

6. Consider supplements

There are vitamins and minerals that may help children maintain focus and concentration throughout the school day and support their scholastic success. B vitamins are essential for many brain and cognitive activities and can help with normal neurological functions†.

Magnesium, a mineral, can boost the efficacy of B vitamins and can help children keep their mood and behavior regulated†. Zinc can also help with continued attention, behavior and motor development†. DMG is a nutrient that can assist with optimal mental and physical function as well as absorbing and using oxygen in the brain and the rest of the body. A supplement that combines some or all of these nutrients may be helpful for school-aged children.

†These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Every parent wants to provide their child with an optimal childhood experience. Helping children perform well in their younger years is one of the best ways to ensure their successful future.

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