Going back to school isn't just an adjustment for the kiddos, it actually affects the entire family, from busy mornings to car lines, traffic, homework, bed times and so much more. So before the family "goes back to school," it's important to begin establishing habits that will help everyone involved adjust a little easier. 

First things first, eat right, if you're not already. Summertime, road trips and vacations can get us all off track, and that's okay, but as summer draws to an end, it's important to get your diet back in check. To keep energy levels up and brain function at its best, choose foods that are low in sugar and simple carbohydrates, and high in protein and fiber. For example, Yeast-Free Egg Cups for breakfast make an excellent choice. Nitrate-free deli meat rolled up with cheese and avocado makes for a great lunch option. And these Yeast-Free Stuffed Bell Peppers are always a hit for dinner. (Don't forget their Nutri-Kids vitamins! The extra nutrients will help them sleep better, wake up easier and concentrate more on school days.)

Begin reducing screen time. Children spent a large portion of their day sitting in a classroom, so it's important to help your children spend less time in front of a screen and more time getting active or spending time with family. During meal times, turn off all televisions and prohibit smart phones and tablets from the dinner table. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much easier it is to talk to your children about their day when a cell phone isn't their main focus. Additonally, as a parent, it's important to limit your screen time, too. As the parent, it's helpful to limit your screen time, too. The less they see you on your electronic devices, the less prone they will be to using theirs.

Establish an afternoon/evening routine the entire family can follow, starting with the minute they get out of school. Getting into a routine now will help ease this transition once the new school year begins. While it's still pretty warm outside, take advantage of late afternoons at the pool. When it comes to dinner, bath and bedtime, start working on the schedule today. The earlier you begin preparing your children, the smoother your days will be in the coming weeks.

Finally, get the entire family active. This doesn't mean you have to go out and get family memberships to the gym. It can be something as simple as walking the dog around the block, riding bikes through the neighborhood or a fun game of tennis. It could even be walking your kids to and from school each day versus driving. If your children are interested, get them involved in an extracurricular sport, like basketball, baseball or soccer.

School bells will be ringing before you know it, so it's time to get prepared for the new school year now. Try incorporating at least one of these ideas each week up until school starts to help ease the transition for all of you.

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