Going Back to School Tips!
It’s that time of year again – a time for getting up earlier, shopping for clothes and class supplies, to see old and make new friends, and to hit the books. It seems like the summer just flew by, and school is officially in session. We know some people may be cheering (i.e. parents), and others may be “boo-ing” (i.e. students). Regardless, this new chapter of life brings more chances for growth, learning, and fun, and we’d like to offer a few tips to help enhance that experience:
1. The first day of school may not involve any actual assignments, and thus it may not seem to be very important. On the contrary, that first day when syllabi are handed out and the expectations of each class are established is very critical. It’s a time to sit down with your kids and make plans for the entire year on how to excel in each course while making time for fun activities (family and holiday trips, school events, socializing with friends, etc.). This planning stage also helps the parents know how they can best follow up with their kids about their assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities. PREPARATION IS KEY
2. Seek to have a good relationship with the teachers and administrative staff. It’s been my experience that, for the most part, they want what’s best for your child and want them to succeed. If questions or concerns arise, communicate those with them immediately. This practice will facilitate a smooth year. GOOD COMMUNICATION MINIMIZES MISUNDERSTANDINGS
3. If your child has braces: 1) They’ll want to have an oral hygiene kit to carry with them to school (for hygienic and esthetic reasons) 2) Have them avoid eating anything that is hard (to safeguard against breaking brackets), chewy (so it won’t get stuck in the braces), and sugary (to avoid cavities) 3) If a bracket breaks off during school and he/she is not in any pain, you don’t need to take him/her out of school to have it fixed; just call your orthodontic to let them know and they’ll direct you 4) if they play a contact sport and use a mouthguard, make sure it is a little bigger than their mouth so that it can fit over the braces and still render protection
4. Don’t freak out if you don’t have everything that you or your kids need for school. You still have time to get those necessities, and the sales will still be going on. Even though the school year is new and a lot of things may still be uncertain, let yourself and your kids ENJOY THE RIDE. The year will be over before you know it!
GOOD LUCK! WE’RE EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU