Back-To-School Wellness Checklist

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After a long, and hopefully relaxing, summer vacation it’s time for parents and kids to get back into the school-year routine. To ensure a smooth transition and avoid being unprepared prepping for the school year should start a couple of weeks before the actual starting date. To help parents and kids get back on track, we’ve created the ultimate wellness checklist to help parents and kids prepare both mentally and physically for the school year

 

Set A Regular Sleep Schedule

One of the biggest challenges that face kids and parents after the long summer vacation is getting back to a sleep schedule. The key here is to not wait until the night before school to start implementing a bedtime. To get your kids back on track for school, start setting their bedtime earlier each day for at least a week or two before school starts. Sleep plays an important role in how well your kids will be able to focus and function during the school day.

 

Talk To Your Child About Hygiene

It’s so easy for kids to pick up illnesses, bacteria and germs at school due to the high interaction with other kids. To help your kids stay healthy you should talk to your kids about good hygiene habits that they need to adopt. Make sure your kids’ know the basic to good hygiene, even simple things such as…

  • Washing their hands after using the toilet
  • Washing their hands before and after they eat
  • Not eating from any one’s food
  • Using tissue when they sneeze

 

Plan What Goes Into Lunchboxes

When it comes to preparing what goes into your kids’ lunchbox, you should always prep ahead to avoid filling their lunchbox with high-sugar processed foods. Planning ahead will ensure that your kids will always have a healthy nutritious meal in their lunchbox. It’s important to ensure that what your child eats throughout the day is something nutritious that will help concentrate in class and give them energy during their breaks. To ensure a healthy lunchbox, make sure you stock up on healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nut butters, whole-grains and protein-sources to fill up your kids’ lunchboxes. The easiest way to prepare lunchboxes is to meal prep on the weekend so you have the lunchboxes for the whole week ready.

 

Make Sure Your Child Has All The Supplies They Need

Don’t wait until the school year has started to shop for school supplies. Planning ahead will ensure a smoother transition and will ensure that your kid has everything they need when they start their classes. In the weeks prior to the start of school, check that your child has the below supplies, if not then make sure you get them ahead of time;

  • Backpack
  • Lunchbox
  • School Uniform
  • Comfortable School Shoes
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Highlighters
  • Binder
  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Loose paper
  • Planner/Agenda

Although a sociologist at heart, Nadine finds her love in nutrition, her passion in Pilates and her purpose in writing. Nadine is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and a Pilates-instructor in the making. She is also the founder of health blog, Nourished by Nadine (@nourishedbynadine) where she shares her own recipes, as well as health tips.

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