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Q: How can I make the transition back to school easier for my kids?

For kids who stayed home during the pandemic, going back to school will be an exciting time -- but it can also be stressful.

You can help make the transition easier by getting your child back on a consistent schedule as soon as possible. If you’ve gotten into the habit of letting kids stay up late, start setting a regular bedtime again, so that your children are getting the sleep they need to be ready for the school day.

Prepare your kids for new health precautions they may find at school, like masking, hand washing, and staying farther apart from friends. You may even want to practice these procedures at home with little ones.

Now is also a good time to ask your child how they are feeling about going back to school, and really listen to what they have to say. They may be excited, happy, nervous, stressed, or even sad to be spending less time with you. Watch for signs of stress, like stomach aches, or trouble sleeping. Give young children gentle reassurance, and let teens know you’re available to talk.

Finally, make sure your child is up-to-date on all their doctor well-visits including regular vaccinations. And if they are old enough, get them vaccinated against COVID-19.

Irene Papaconstadopoulos, MD

Pediatrics

CHAMPS Pediatrics LLC
1300 N. Holopono St. Suite 115
Kihei, HI 96753