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Doctor's advice to get kids back in school routine

Dr. Tziporah Rosenberg of Highland Family Medicine discussed some ways to help children get ready for the start of the school year Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.
Dr. Tziporah Rosenberg of Highland Family Medicine discussed some ways to help children get ready for the start of the new school year Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Dr. Rosenberg said the first thing to address is sleep.  She suggested gradually moving your child towards the desired bed time and wakeup time two weeks before the start of school.  It's also a good time to revisit or create bedtime and wakeup rituals, such as brushing teeth, baths, and reading books.  "Lots of families thrive on routine, kids do especially," she said.

This is also a good time to make those last minute appointments with your Doctor, dentist or for a back-to-school haircut.

As part of transitioning from summer mode to school mode, Dr. Rosenberg suggested winding summer down with something positive.  "Why not ask our families what's left on the list and what can we do?" she said are good questions to pose to children.  She recommended a day trip versus a long vacation.

It's also a time to create a positive expectation about heading back to school.  Some children can be anxious about beginning school or going back again, especially if they're transitioning to a new school.  "I think the best thing parents can do is reassure their kids it's totally normal," said Dr. Rosenberg.  

She added, it helps if they can have something to look forward to, like reconnecting with friends or teachers they're looking forward to seeing.  For younger children, parents may want to consider arranging a play date with friends from school. 
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