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Last week, we reported on 12 tips published by the American Academy of Pediatrics to prepare children for back-to-school season.
Schedule a back-to-school physical that includes any necessary vaccinations.
Start a dialogue about if and how your child uses social media.
Create a safe, judgement-free zone for your child to discuss tough issues with you.
Ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast that contains protein.
Provide proper supervision for morning drop off and after school.
Set a consistent bedtime. If your child has electronic devices, make sure they are turned off before bedtime.
Create a homework-friendly environment at home that consists of a workspace that is quiet and promotes study.
Establish a household rule that the television and other electronic devices stay off while doing homework; supervise computer and internet use.
Help your child organize their homework via checklists and timers.
If your child is struggling with a certain subject, speak with their teacher for recommendations on how to help.
If your child would benefit from special education services, submit a request to the school for an Individualized Education Program evaluation.
Contact a pediatrician if you notice changes in your child's mental or behavioral health, as well as changes in sleep, weight, and eating habits.