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Easing your kids through the back to school transition

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. --  As kids head back to school, there are things you can do to make the transition easier on everyone.   Experts say it is important to look ahead, and plan for upcoming academic, social and athletic events.

Hana Nashed of the Cleveland Clinic said it is not too late to ease kids into their new schedule and explains, “with regards to sleep, most kids under 12 need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep, after that is about nine to 10 hours of sleep, you want to start to move their bedtimes back about 15 to 20 minutes every two to three days.”

Establishing outdoor safety rules and going over them will help keep your kids safe on the way to school.  Parents should do a practice run with younger children, walking them to the bus stop or school.

Explain the importance of avoiding strangers and yelling for help if they are approached.  Advise children against taking shortcuts through woods or other remote areas.

Teach children about proper hygiene as well, reminding them to wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap.  Teaching little ones to sing the alphabet song to themselves is a great idea.  This will help protect them from bacteria and viruses they encounter once in the classroom.

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