Be sure to look over last week's blog as it covered some excellent tips for preparing for back to school (that can still be used even though school has already begun!)
While there are many important focus points to help support a healthy school year, there's two I really want to focus on. Connection and Sleep!
Challenge Success put out a list of 10 back to school tips to help your child thrive! I'm going to share a couple of my favorite that really hone in on the idea of connection.
- Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of “How did you do on the math test?”
- Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.
- Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.
- When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you are doing and engage. Does “I hate school” really mean something else: “I am being bullied” or “I don’t fit in"
- Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what you think a college admissions officer would like to see on an application.
Now, probably the single biggest indicator of health and success in high school - SLEEP!
- An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety.
In a recent article about helping with back to school anxiety sleep and a new routine was heavily encouraged.
- It's kind of a no-brainer that sleep is essential, Mackey points out, but patterns can't be adjusted (literally) overnight. "Kids really get out of rhythm in the summer," she says, and this has a bigger impact than adults realize. "When we're tired, we're moody, and little things can feel really big," Mackey explains. "Anxiety is much worse if sleep is bad. Make sure you have a good quiet routine and early enough bedtime that your child can get sufficient sleep."
- If you’re between the ages of 13 and 64, and don’t get eight to ten hours of sleep per night, your logical reasoning, executive function, attention, and mood can be impaired. Worse, severe sleep deprivation can lead to depression, anxiety, and symptoms of paranoia.
With those statistics in mind, check out this article for some ideas about ways to support your children (and maybe even yourself) in getting optimal sleep!
We're wishing everyone a super successful school year and we are here to support everyone. Don't forget to check the blog weekly for new updates and don't miss our Speaker Series with topics carefully chosen for you and your student!
Here's to an incredible school year!
Stay Healthy, Chaps!