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Helping your kids transition from summer time to school time

Posted at 5:34 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 13:50:37-04

One week from today, kids will be heading back to school!

As families soak up the last few days of summer break, it's time to start thinking about the new school year. Parents, you can help give your children a healthy start by weaning them off of screens. 

Parents, you can help give your children a healthy start by weaning them off screens. 

Doctors say children who are exposed to electronics have a harder time paying attention and focusing. They tend to be more anxious and irritable. Start limiting screen time to 20 to 30 minute increments throughout the day.

It's also common for kids to be nervous about going back to school. Doctors recommend talking to children about fears and reassuring them. A trip to the school may be helpful too. 

Adjusting sleep schedules before the first day of school is also important.

Dr. Kim Giuliano, of the Cleveland Clinic Children, says, "Just putting the child to bed, just 10-15 minutes earlier, do that for a couple of nights, and then once that's a little bit easier then another 10-15 minutes earlier and so on, and so forth."

If your child has not had vaccines in a few years, it's a good idea to check and make sure they're up to date.