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For some it’s good news, for others not so good, but like it or not it’s time to plan for back to school! When we think of what back to school involves, getting supplies, backpacks and clothes come to mind almost immediately.  But think beyond the “stuff” that’s needed for the school year, spend some time with your children to share some tips that will help them get to school safe, energized and ready to learn.  First, remember, walking and biking are great ways to get children in the mood to learn.  Next, take a walk or bike ride with them to their school or bus stop and encourage them to make it their usual way to get to school.  If you need some help figuring out how to get your children walking and biking to school safely, let us know, we can help. Whether walking or biking, taking the bus or being dropped off, you can review safety tips here.

And if you are the parent of a high school student heading to college soon, check out some words of advice from a college professor.  In a Washington Post article, professor Margaret Dwyer, talks about some of the skills she observed kids lack when they first go to college. Some of these skills include time management, being able to get up in the morning on their own, and being able to get around on public transit.

Public transit can be intimidating, especially if you have never used it and you have to figure it out on your own and you are away from home. So, if your kid never took public transit, take a trip with them and teach them how to ride the bus or train, how to read a schedule (or what app they need to download), and how to buy bus fare or train tickets. Having some familiarity with public transit will likely help them feel less intimidated when they have to do it on their own.  And this is important because many colleges are restricting vehicle access on campus, especially for freshmen.  Knowing how to use public transit, especially as a freshman, will decrease their stress and help them not feel stuck and isolated.

We know you’re busy getting ready… so that’s it for now.  Good luck in the new school year and stay safe!

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