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A parent’s back-to-school survival guide

A parent’s back-to-school survival guide

Back-to-school season is in full swing! And whether your kids refuse to get out of bed in the morning or come home from school with a drippy nose, we have the perfect tips to help you get them through the day.

1. Make sure your kids eat something in the morning. 

Child eating breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but mornings can be hectic. Take a look at this list of quick and easy grab-and-go breakfast foods: Grab-and-go breakfasts

2. Don’t weigh them down with too many books. 

Two students wearing bookbags

Heavy bookbags can wreak havoc on the body. In fact, your child shouldn’t carry a backpack that is more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. Check out these safety tips to make sure your child is wearing their bookbag properly: Schoolbag safety tips

3. Make sure your children wash their hands when they get home. 

Child washing hands

Handwashing is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading illnesses to other members of the family. Teach your children to wash their hands with soap and water as soon as they get home. And be careful not to overuse alcohol-based hand sanitizers, because they could kill off good bacteria: Handwashing safety

4. Give them a healthy after-school snack while they do their homework. 

Child eating a snack

Children are usually hungry when they come home from school. Giving them a healthy after-school snack is a great way to sneak in an extra helping of fruits, vegetables or whole grains before dinner. Here are some yummy, healthy snack ideas: After-school snacks    

5. Make sure you all get a good night’s rest. 

Child sleeping in bed.

Getting enough sleep is important for the whole family. And it can help prevent many diseases and conditions. Use these tips to ensure your family gets a good night rest: 10 tips for better sleep

Check out more helpful, healthful tips from Living Better.

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