Sleep; Diet, Very Important In Preparing Your Child For School
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The school year is nearly here for many families in southern Idaho. While summer is winding down, are your children prepared for the first week back?
Back to School shopping is a priority for many families, but it's not the only thing you should consider. Dr. Kathryn Reese, a local pediatrician tells there are four key points in preparing your child for school.
"The sleeping, so you're getting up early and getting active and working on the healthy breakfast and the healthy food through the day, the activity, just keeping them physically active through the day and just addressing the psychological component that most children are thinking about," says Dr. Reese.
Nicole Olsen adds, "we love routine and back to school. We're ready!"
Mother of four, Natalie Olsen is getting her kids ready for school.
Olsen adds, "up early, to bed early, that's a good combination."
While it might be easy for some parents making the transition...
Summer Corbett adds, "she usually plays hard during the day so when it's time to go to bed, she just lays down to go to sleep."
It's more challenging for others.
"Kind of hard because it was summer and you don't want to wake up that early," adds Kennedy McMillen, an incoming third grader.
According to Dr. Reese, many parents make a mistake...trying to get their child to bed early.
Dr. Reese adds, "get them up at regular time before school. What that will do is that will do a better job of setting themselves up to fall asleep at earlier hour."
And if your child struggles to fall asleep...suggest reading a book.
"A lot of the grades especially second and beyond want that child reading for 30 minutes...Reading has been shown to slow that brain down," says Dr. Reese.
An avid reader at night...a successful student in class.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, preschoolers need between 11 and 13 hours of sleep a night.children up to 12 years old should have ten to eleven hours.and then teens require between eight and a half to a little over nine hours of sleep a night.