It’s about that time of year again. Summer is almost over and kids are headed back to school. Thanks to Broward College for these tips to help overcome the challenges and stress that come with the start of a new school year.


Be prepared and get involved. As children head back to the classroom, it is a good idea for parents to make it a point to have a strong presence in their child’s education. Kelly Walker, a Broward College professor of exception student education, suggests marking calendars with important school meeting dates, and planning to attend all meet and greets, and open houses that are scheduled at the beginning on the school year.

Recognize a child’s learning needs. As soon as you notice a negative change in a child’s behavior toward school, such as a struggle to complete homework, it may be time to consider a tutor. When looking for a tutor, be sure to consider the unique needs of the child. Online tutoring may work for an independent learner, while tutoring centers may help students that need more one-on-one instruction.

Discuss a routine before school starts. Establishing a routine for busy mornings and after school, and creating a structure will help students and provide a foundation for success. This includes setting a time for when they should start their homework and when they can play or relax. (This one is my favorite tip!)

Don’t forget about breakfast. Although mornings can be hectic, Melinda Luis, professor of health education at Broward College, recommends giving your student a head start by providing a solid and nutritious breakfast every day. According to Luis, children who eat breakfast have a better ability to concentrate and improved academic performance. Low-sugar cereals with milk and a fruit serving or other easy to prepare foods, like a mini-bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter paired with a fruit, such as a banana, are easy to eat on the run.

Parents, make it a great school year!

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