- Returning back to school can be a stressful time for families.
- It’s also an opportunity to implement new, healthier routines, doctors say.
- Start with small changes and build on them over time.
You’ve purchased all the school supplies, picked out the first day-outfits, and practiced getting up early for the bus. But doctors say there’s another part of the back-to-school transition: fostering good mental health and making sure your children are ready to meet emotional challenges during the school year.
“We know having a healthy baseline of mental well-being helps with their concentration and energy,” says Mao Thwin Myint, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Being mentally healthy also boosts your child’s academic prowess and ability to engage socially, he