Back to School - A Few of Our Favorite Things

August 14, 2018

That time of year when we put down pool noodles

Trade them for pencils and notepads to doodle

Class schedules making us count down to spring

These are a few of my favorite things

Backpacks that overflow with new school goodies

Wardrobes will soon shift from tank tops to hoodies

Bus stops and laptops, new year in full swing

These are a few of my favorite things

Back to school can quickly become a busy and overwhelming time. Adjustments to schedules and routines can be hectic, but they can be managed with a few helpful reminders of some important things to put into practice today, and all year long:

Bedtime – it’s not just for babies

Natural sleep patterns do fluctuate greatly among teens, and their biological tendency does shift toward later times of sleeping and waking.  But all health experts agree that teens need more sleep! The National Sleep Foundation reports that teens bodies and brains need at least eight hours of sleep each night during week to be most effective in listening, learning, problem solving, as well as digestion, and even managing acne!

Consistent mealtimes

We’ve all heard it a million times: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well they were right. Proper nutrition is brain power. Whether it’s taking the time to sit down to a full meal, or grabbing a protein bar on the way out the door, there is truth to the idea of getting the body off to a good start to balance metabolism throughout the day, as well as helping the brain stay focused and alert.

Get organized, stay organized:

Everyone’s method of how to best keep track of everything won’t be the same, but it is important to find a system that works best for your teen. Whether it’s a planner, folders, binders, to-do checklists, or different colors for notes or highlighting, there are lots of ways to make sure that they have everything they need. At the end of each day, make sure they are preparing their book bag for the next morning, and that they don’t let too many days pass by without tossing out trash and unnecessary junk that can pile up quickly.

Find your happy:

It’s easy to forget that one of the most important things to do during the school year is to have a good time! Of course they want to keep that GPA on point, but please don’t let them forget the FUN. Sports, music, clubs, friends – they all help to enhance the school experience and make incredible memories that your children will carry with them for years to come. Make sure to include them in your priorities throughout the year.

For all of our students across Hamilton and Bradley Counties, we at On Point are looking forward to helping you make this the best year ever! #LiveOnPoint

Written by Tanea Marshall, LIFE ON POINT FACILITATOR