As a parent, I know it's frustrating to say: "Hey, how was your first day at school?" "Fine."
Does that sound familiar? But we may be asking the wrong questions, particularly if there's a bully or some relationship at school that is bugging your child.
Child Psychologist Dr. Lynn Arnold says that if your child shows a sudden change in behavior, it could mean a bully is in the picture. A good way to bring up the subject is to ask about recess, lunch or gym time, because those are more unstructured periods when it's more likely that kids can get hassled.
By the way, after a summer of staying up late, back to school means back to an earlier bedtime. A survey by the Sleep Foundation finds that 60% of youngsters are sleepy during the day.
Dr. Arnold suggests that especially in these first few weeks, if we keep a reasonable bedtime on weekends, she says that will help make the sleep transition easier for the school year.
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