It’s the most wonderful time of the year — time to send the kids back to school and reclaim your household. After a summer of camps and goofing around inside, your house may need a little tough love to get back into shape for the fall. Research shows that the average American home has 300,000 items in it, and back-to-school is the perfect time to get rid of the ones that you don’t need anymore.
Summer is coming to an end and families are shifting gears to get their kids ready for another school year. For many, this means getting back to busy schedules, and getting out the door in time for the first school bell is a challenge that often leads to skipping breakfast and opting for the convenience of a drive-thru.
As the lazy, hazy days of summer melt away like a popsicle on the hot pavement, family thoughts turn to the approach of the school year. While many parents eagerly anticipate the return to the structure of the academic year, children may be experiencing a wide array of feelings from excitement to dread. How can we best prepare children to resume the rhythm of their school-year lives?
Over the past 30 years, the idea of a “wellness visit” for children, adolescents and young adults has evolved significantly because of changing views on health prevention, immunization protection and antibiotic therapies, and childhood development.