The 2018-19 school year is in full swing. As a parent, you will do everything possible to ensure the academic success of your child. So how can you keep your kiddos healthy and happy both inside and outside of the classroom?

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Make sleep a priority

Not only does sleep help set our metabolism, but it resets our mood. Sleep is especially important for young people because it helps them grow. If you were at all lax with your child’s bedtime during the summer, now is the time to make it a priority once again.

“Bedtime is always a struggle for my child.” That’s something we hear from many parents quite often. If you are having difficulty putting your son or daughter to bed at night, emphasize that they will grow well when they sleep.

The last thing you want to do is allow your child to dictate when they go to bed.

Get them eating healthy foods as much as possible

Try as you might, it’s impossible to control every little thing your child eats. They’re going to have the occasional piece of cake at a birthday party or slice of pizza at a friend’s house. Do the best you can by preparing a healthy breakfast and sending them to school with a nutritious lunch.

Remember to also educate your son or daughter about the importance of eating healthy. Doing so helps establish good nutrition habits at a young age.

Limit their sugar intake

A child who eats a high-sugar diet is going to get sick more often than his peers. It’s as simple as that.

Create fun opportunities for exercise

Your child’s daily exercise shouldn’t be limited to 30 minutes of recess. Experts say that most kids need at least an hour of physical activity each day. Exercise plays a major role in bone and muscle development, alleviates stress, and prevents diseases later in life.

Interestingly, kids who get a sufficient amount of exercise also tend to perform better on standardized tests. So encourage your son or daughter to play sports and don’t forget to get moving with them!

Teach them to hydrate

Did you know that our brains are 80 percent water? It’s all the more reason for your kiddo to stay hydrated during the day. Pro tip: Send them to school with a filled water bottle and explain why they need to drink plenty of water.

Notice we said water and not a sports drink. While your child might prefer the taste of a sports drink compared to water, these beverages are really just packed with sugar.

Child Care in Austin

The Austin Kids Retreat staff wants to help make this the best school year ever. Our childcare experts incorporate active learning with fun, physical play in a secure and comfortable environment.

We are so much more than the average drop-in daycare. See what Austin Kids Retreat can do for you and your family. Contact our child development team today.