It’s back to school time! We know that this can be a very stressful time for parents and children. We are here to help!

Get prepared for the upcoming year. Get your child scheduled for their yearly check up. They may be due for vaccines that are required for entry into school. This is a time for our physicians to address not only physical issues, but emotional, developmental and social issues your child may have. Children going into kindergarten, 6th grade and 11th grade require completed physical forms. Sports physical forms will be needed for participation in fall sports.

Now is the time to establish routines for your children. Establish bedtime habits to ensure enough sleep. This is critical for success in school. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement.

Establish morning routines. Your child should eat a nutritious breakfast. Prepare for travel to and from school. Whether traveling by bus, bike or walking, it requires preparation to arrive to school on time. The website for the American Academy of Pediatrics has tips for this.

The website also provides tips for proper fitting for backpacks.

They provide information that is helpful for parents of a child that is a victim of bullying, and for the parents of the child doing the bullying.

Visit the website and search “Back to School” for more important information.

We hope your children have a fun filled, successful year