Email List Google Plus
 

Photo GalleriesCrime StoppersSchool ClosingsSchool Closing Alerts Sign UpCommunity CalendarNews Links

Forecast

Tonight: Light Flurries Early, Cold & Cloudy.
Low: 23     Winds: WNW 3-6 mph

Tomorrow: Another Cold Day with a Little More Sun.
Low: 24     Winds: NW 3-5 mph

Saturday: Cloudy with a Few P.M. Flurries in the Far South.
High: ...
More...
Washington Times
Advertise with us!

WKEF-TV ABC 22 News :: News - Good Morning - Making The Grade: Transition Back Into School Routines Now

Making The Grade: Transition Back Into School Routines Now

Having a routine is important in a child’s life and nothing provides that consistency better than a school year. But after a few months of summer vacation, children often need help getting back into the swing of things as a new school year approaches, said Paul Weber, MD, a pediatrician with The Pediatric Group in Troy.
    Parents play a vital role in preparing their children as they transition from summer to school by establishing new habits and even reviewing certain old rules up to a week or two before the first day of school arrives. Perhaps two of the most important habits children can re-establish are an earlier bedtime and a realistic wake-up schedule, Dr. Weber said.
    “It’s important to slowly adjust their bedtime as well as when they get up in the morning so that when the first day of school arrives it is not a shock to their system,” he said. “I actually recommend that during the summer parents help their children maintain a reasonable schedule so that their bodies are not experiencing extremes of waking and sleeping. This is particularly important for teenagers who regularly stay up past midnight and sleep until late morning.”
    According to the National Sleep Foundation of America, school-age children should be getting 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Summertime affords children the opportunity to stay up later to enjoy the longer days because they have the opportunity to sleep later in the morning. Parents can help re-adjust that window of 10 to 12 hours by working with their children to go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night for about a week leading up to the start of school, Dr. Weber said.
    A return to school also is a good time for parents to review safety issues with their children – especially when it comes to transportation.
    “I tell my parents to determine how their child will get to school and allow the discussion to flow from that. So, if their child bikes to school then review why it is important to wear a helmet. Take time to map out the path the child will take and review any of the safety signs along that road,” Dr. Weber said. “If they are taking the bus they need to understand the importance of wearing the seatbelt, if available.  Or if in a personal vehicle, make sure the child is in an age appropriate restraint.
    A school routine also helps children set healthy eating standards again. Kids who purchase lunch at school are now served foods held to a higher standard. Those standards, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented in schools last year, provide children with increased fruits and vegetables and food choices with lower amounts of fat and sodium. Parents can help continue that at home by offering a healthy breakfast and avoiding processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.
    “This is especially important in this day and age when obesity among children has become a growing concern,” Dr. Weber said. “Parents can use what is modeled at school in the home to help children establish a healthy lifestyle that could stay with them throughout their lifetime.”
    Back-to-school shopping often includes a new backpack or book bag. The American Academy of Pediatrics said that while a child’s focus might be on design and a parent’s concern might be price, the ultimate goal should be a child’s wellbeing. It is recommended by the American Society of Orthopedics that a child’s backpack weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of their weight.
    “That’s not a lot when you consider how much school-age children weigh,” Dr. Weber said. “Children need to be taught how to properly pack their backpack so that that weight is distributed evenly. Heavier items like large textbooks should be placed closest to their back with smaller items away from them.”
    Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Weber encourages all parents to make sure that their child is up to date on immunizations. More often than not, a disease outbreak – such as the measles and mumps outbreaks in central Ohio this past spring – involves individuals who were never vaccinated.
    “As far as school and safety is concerned, this is the single most important step a parent can take to prepare their child to return to school healthy,” Dr. Weber said.
    To learn more about pediatric health, or to find a pediatrician or primary care physician near you, visit www.premierhealthnet.com/doctor.
Making The Grade: Transition Back Into School Routines Now

Here's What's Coming Up This Week!

Monday

December 22, 2014
The kids are on break and we have some cool holiday craft ideas for them.

Tuesday

December 23, 2014
A couple shopping days until Christmas.  We have a few last-minute gift ideas. 

Wednesday

December 24, 2014


Thursday

December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas!

Friday

December 19, 2014


Good Morning Stories

Advertise with us!

 
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - The Ferguson Decision

    The Ferguson Decision



  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola



  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    If you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Chefs Corner

    Chefs Corner

    We often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes.  Watch those video segments on this page.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    River Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Secrets Of A Thief

    Secrets Of A Thief

    We expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Cool Schools

    Cool Schools

    Our children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On Time Traffic

    On Time Traffic

    Get the latest traffic information and updates here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - School Closings

    School Closings

    Get the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Save Local TV

    Save Local TV

    Find out how you can save local TV right here!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Find the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Armstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - News Links

    News Links

    These links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Menard's Around the House

    Menard's Around the House

    Menards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On the Move

    On the Move

    Get the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Good Morning

    Good Morning

    It's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Get up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

more »

Business News

Stocks rally for a second day

NEW YORK (AP) --Wall Street is in rally mode for the second straight day.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

"THE INTERVIEW" - FALLOUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Sony has made the bombshell decision to scrap "The Interview" -- the fallout is starting to spread.

Get This

BABY JESUS-GPS

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: COMPANIES BRACE AGAINST POSSIBLE CYBERATTACKS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Remember how after 9/11, there was increased attention given to security at buildings, airports and other complexes.

Tonight on ABC 22

6:00 pm ..... ABC 22 News at Six
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... The Taste
10:00 pm ... How to Get Away With Murder
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline
Complete Schedule»