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Back to School Tips for Busy LA Parents

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It’s that time of year again. The summer’s end is coming and that means a new school year is beginning. For your children, it’s time to swap days of lazing around watching TV, playing outside, and getting under your feet for days of homework, new classes, and school friends. How can you give your children the best start to the school year possible? Here are some back to school tips for LA parents who want to put their (and their kids’) best feet forward!

 

Back to School Tips for Kids and Parents

 

A child and parent packing a school bag and book basket

 

At school, half the battle is getting into a routine that spells success. That means that you need to help your children get themselves on the right track. Modeling healthy routines isn’t easy, but it can do a world of good for both your children, and yourself. One of the central pillars of a winning school routine is a set bedtime. Bedtime routines— packing bags with school supplies, turning off devices and putting them in a different room, brushing teeth, putting on nightwear, perhaps even a bedtime story, and then lights out— can be very effective in consistently getting your children in the right mood to sleep. Older children can lay out their clothes for the morning, so they know what to wear without having to wake up earlier to decide in the morning. School-aged children should be getting between nine and ten hours of sleep a night. Do your best to keep them from napping during the day, and they’ll be sufficiently tired at night to doze off quickly. A good night’s sleep is a great start for a day of school. It improves a child’s mood, attention span, and increases their capacity to learn. Conversely, underslept schoolchildren are grumpy, inattentive, badly-behaved, and weaker students. Long term effects of being underslept include depression, a weakened immune system, and chronic inflammation: all effects that add up to an unhealthy, unhappy child, and one that struggles at school. Similarly, an effective morning routine can help your kids start the day right. After waking up, your kids can wash up, get their school clothes on, and eat a quick breakfast before brushing their teeth, grabbing their bags, and heading out the door. With a regular routine like this, morning fog shouldn’t set in for your little ones, and they can get there before school starts every day. You can even make routine boards for your young children to hang in their rooms so they know what to do next in the evening or morning, if they get confused.

 

Another helpful part of a school routine is for when your children arrive home. Entering the house is an excellent time for kids to go through their bags. If they take lunchboxes for their school lunches, they can empty out any trash and deposit them to be washed and prepared for tomorrow. Homework can be taken out of school bags and set out to be worked on later during homework time. Any letters from school can be put in an ‘in-tray’ for you, so those parent-teacher conferences aren’t a surprise. If you get your children in good organizational habits by elementary school, they can carry those behaviors forward into middle and high school.

 

Expect the Best but Plan for the Worst

Parent and child run after the school bus

 

Advance planning is very effective in reassuring children who may be anxious about starting a new school year. Perhaps they’ve transferred schools, or are worried about their new teachers, or taking the school bus. They might have bully problems that they are afraid will reemerge once back at school. While you can’t protect them from everything and completely assuage their anxieties, you can give them a plan that will make things less frightening to confront. Anxious kids can find reassurance in something as simple as a ‘dry run’. A day or two before the school year starts, run through your family’s school morning routine. This practice can do a lot to calm someone who is panicking about school. It’s also worth talking to your child’s teacher, if they have anxiety about the class. A teacher can take this into account. Planning for your children’s concerns can help them feel safer, knowing that you are taking them seriously. Don’t default to coddling them, but let them know that you have their backs if they need the help. Encourage them to face their problems and overcome them. By planning for likely difficulties that may present themselves, you won’t be caught out!

 

Los Angeles School Extracurricular Activities

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Perhaps your children are returning to school from an active summer camp and you want to keep that momentum up. Or maybe your children had a more restful summer and you’d like them to shake the cobwebs off. Sadly, physical education is not a reliable way to get your kids active. Between changing into and out of gym clothes, instructions, and time spent waiting for their ‘turn’, kids often spend less than half the lesson actually being active. A number of schools in LAUSD have cut their PE classes entirely as a result of budget restrictions. Parents who want their kids to be active are increasingly turning to kid-friendly LA exercise programs. There are many of these programs aimed at young kids. Yoga, Little League, soccer, tennis, and more. One of the best options available to Los Angeles parents, though, is gymnastics.

 

Gymnastics for Back to School Kids

Three young children sit on a mat in a colorful gymnasium

 

If your kids aren’t getting enough physical activity during school time, if you want them to have a fulfilling hobby that doesn’t involve screen time, or if you think they might have a natural talent for the sport, gymnastics can be the solution. The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is the first, largest, and best gymnastics center in Los Angeles. We’re also the largest gymnastics facility in all of California! We were established over 40 years ago and have been delivering quality gymnastics instruction, innovative, accessible programs, and a well-rounded curriculum since then. Classes are available for those as young as 18 months, or teens and young adults. We offer classes in recreational and competitive gymnastics, including rhythmic gymnastics. Our program also includes parkour, trampoline, tumbling, and cheer. Our classes are led by some of the finest gymnastics instructors in the city, with many in possession of international competition experience, graduate degrees, or both.

 

LA School of Gymnastics Can Help Your Children

 

It’s a good idea for any child to practice gymnastics. Pound for pound, gymnasts are the strongest and most flexible athletes in the world. Children of any age can develop their strength, agility, grit, discipline, and confidence by practicing gymnastics. It’s also a good way for children to meet new people and make friends outside of school. We aren’t just for during semesters, either. LA School of Gymnastics provides a number of day camps for school vacations, as well as special holiday events. Call (310) 204-1980 to enquire about our gymnastics classes and other activities. We can help make this school year your family’s greatest yet!

 

A happy young child holds a colorful hoop in a gymnasium or play area