Students in central Ohio are trading swimming pools and ‘sleeping-in’ for alarm clocks and class schedules, but after a summer of downtime, getting “up” for school isn’t always easy.
Columbus health commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said it is important to your child’s health to have them on some kind of routine when school starts back.
“We know that kids need routines,” said Dr. Roberts. “They function much better when there is some kind routine in their life.”
Mom Kristina Mangen said getting her son into their school routine has already started.
“The first couple of weeks before school starts, we start getting him to bed earlier,” said Mangen. “We start trying to limit some of his snacks just because he can’t eat snacks all day at school.”
She knows the benefits of setting the routine before school starts but getting her soon-to-be second grader to understand is the difficult part.
“His excuse is, ‘well I don’t have school tomorrow. I don’t start school until two weeks from now.”
Dr.Roberts said mom is right.
“So it’s important that parents take baby steps they shouldn’t just wait until the first day of school to wake their child up and 6:30 when they hadn’t gotten up at 6:30 for the last three months.”
She added parents need to get their child into an eating routine with a set time for breakfast and dinner.
Some tips for lunch while your child is at school
- If you pack a lunch for your child make sure it’s balanced and it’s something your child would want to eat.
- If your child eats a school lunch, you should encourage them to always try the food.
- If your child is a picky eater, you may want to pack them a snack to put in their book bag to make sure they give their body some energy for focus and throughout the school day.
The health commissioner said when it comes to physical activity during the school year, one hour a day should be enough.