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New School Jitters

Your brand new school supplies are packed into a new backpack, and you are about to walk through the front door of your new school for the first time. Feeling nervous? Don't turn around and run; you can do this!  

Everyone has experienced the scary feeling of going to a new school and not knowing anybody. Lace up those new shoes, sharpen those pencils, and don't worry! Take a minute to read through these five tips that will help you face your first day feeling confident and excited.

  1. Be confident. Focus on being kind and friendly to everyone so that you're putting your best foot forward.

  2. Introduce yourself. You will not be the only new kid in school, so look for students who are not talking to anyone and say hello. Ask them if they are new, where they live, or if they have just moved to the area. They will be grateful to you for making the first move to be their friend.

  3. Get involved. After-school activities are a great tool for meeting other students who share the same interests as you. Check out the hall bulletin boards for postings about academic clubs, social clubs, and team sports. 

  4. Take notes. Write down important details, such as your locker combination, class schedules, teachers’ names, and other students’ names. 

  5. Ask questions. Ask for help finding classrooms, the cafeteria, or the restroom. Most people actually like to help and will gladly help you find your way. After they have answered your questions, ask for their name, give your name, and thank them for their help. Now you know someone!

Let’s face it—it’s not easy being the “new kid” in school, but if you are willing to put some effort into beginning a conversation with someone new, it will help you get through the day as well as set a positive tone for a successful experience.

Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

"What's for breakfast?" is a question that can be heard throughout most homes in America. To some parents it can be a dreaded question; especially in the rush to get everyone out the door to school on time. We have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what do we feed our kids for this ever important meal?   

Studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Research Reviews have proven that children who eat a good breakfast perform better academically then those who don't.

Imagine your body is a machine; during the night your body depletes all the fuel your machine needs to keep running. Breakfast is the fuel to get your machine up and running again. 

Are all breakfasts created alike? No. The best combination for brain alertness and better learning is: a carbohydrate (whole grain variety) and a protein. A breakfast that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein (think sugary breakfast cereals) seems to decrease brain stimulation.   

Examples of a good breakfast are:

  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • Whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and a glass of skim milk
  • Fruit salad with cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese mixed in

You’ll find other examples at Kids Health.

If you find yourself running out the door late, here are some great breakfast ideas to go:

  • Trail mix of nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, and crackers
  • String cheese with whole wheat crackers
  • Single serving bowls of whole grain cereal

For additional ideas, check out the online sites:

Finally, according to Kids Health, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. So, when your children ask "What's for breakfast?" you can answer confidently with a variety of options to help them perform better in school.