As summer comes to an end and the new school year is upon us, there is always a lot to think about to get kids back-to-school ready. And not just when it comes to school supplies! Children’s health is even more vital to consider when returning to the classroom.
First and foremost, be sure to leave time for annual physicals and any required immunizations as well as dental and vision check-ups for all your school-age children. Giving them a healthy start to their school year will add to their ability to focus and perform well.
While routine check-ups for children up to six years old are shareable, you also have significant discounts available to you for well checks for your older children if you’re a Medi-Share member. Members also have the advantage of free telehealth services and prescription discounts as you prepare for the new academic year.
Getting children ready mentally and physically for the return to school can be the biggest challenge. The Centers for Disease Control has some helpful tips to prepare. If possible, begin adhering to earlier bedtimes and wake-up times a couple of weeks before they start. Winding down an hour before bed with no electronics should help ready them for sleep. School-aged children need a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night.
Healthy Eating and Activity
If you have been lax with their healthy eating habits during the summer, get them back on meals and snacks that will support their mental and physical endurance. Have conversations with your children about what kind of foods help them do their best and why. Let them help strategize their meal plans with you, being sure to focus on colorful vegetables and fruits for snacks and protein-packed breakfasts.
Don’t forget to have fun outside with physical activities they enjoy to keep them as active as possible. Movement and vitamin D from the sunshine is good for their bodies and souls. If temperatures are hot, be sure to go outside in short stints (with sunscreen!) and keep hydrated.
Of course, we also need to pray for our little ones each day as they go out into the world and refocus on their academic studies. Sending them off with prayer and God’s Word to empower them will help them face the challenges of the day.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6: 24-26