As the kids get ready to go back to school, here are a few tips to help them have a healthy and happy start to the term.
- Walk to school, if possible as there are lots of benefits of daily exercise. It can help improve concentration and can increase self-confidence, and physical activity leads to stronger muscles and bones.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, as this is vital for their growth and development. Children aged 3 to 5 need between 10 and 13 hours each night, while children aged 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours every night. Set an age-appropriate bedtime and stick to it, even on weekends.
- Pack a healthy lunch for your child that is loaded with nutritious foods like cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, yoghurt, whole grain crackers and sandwiches.
- Ease back-to-school nerves by making sure your child arrives on time and that you collect them on time. When children are late, it can increase anxiety. After school, spend some time chatting with your child and provide them with a healthy snack.
- Head lice are a common problem amongst kids, so tie back long hair and remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other children. Check their head regularly for any signs of these itchy pests.