This week, we’ve included a lot of information and reminders to help East Texas children be prepared and healthy as they approach another school year.

Taking care of everything from vaccines and athletics to stress reduction and hygiene is possible because of dedicated parents.

The summer gives some parents a break from early mornings, teacher conferences, fundraisers, sports events and mounds of paperwork.

Considering a healthy back-to-school isn’t just for children - parents should remember to take care of themselves, too.

The demands of parenting can easily cut into sleep time and healthy eating - but it doesn’t have to. After all, we can’t be all that children need us to be if we’re run-down and overwhelmed.

Parents could follow the same guidelines pediatricians recommend for children: start now to get used to the back-to-school routine, meet with new teachers, get a check up, exercise, get adequate sleep, and address your own stress and anxieties.

There’s a long list of other concerns you could add, which is why it’s important to map out a schedule and order priorities before the first bell rings.

Getting in some exercise is a challenge for busy parents, but it is so possible. If it’s near the top of the priority list, you can make time regardless if you feel like doing it. You’ll feel better afterward. See it as self-care or a luxury rather than a tedious task.

It all starts with good sleep. Going to bed at a decent hour conquers some of the problems busy people face. Waking up late or feeling tired throughout the day affects how and what you eat. In addition, you won’t feel motivated to exercise and won’t be as productive as you’d like.

Parents can’t be supermom or superdad every day. It will wear you out. It’s OK to say no to things requested by friends and family, including kids. It’s OK to miss a PTA meeting. It’s OK if you eat out sometimes. It’s OK if you don’t have all the answers.

It’s key to remember that health is wealth. Pat yourself on the back for hard work and sacrifices, and don’t take for granted good physical and mental health. You need it to produce healthy, happy children.





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