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Back to School Tips

Get the new school year off to a good start!

MAKING THE FIRST DAY EASIER

- Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences they may have had in the past at school or with other groups of children.

- Consider starting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so ahead of time so that time change is not a factor on their first couple of days at school.

- Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school or ride on the bus.

- If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day. Bring the child to school a few days prior to class to play on the playground and get comfortable in the new environment.

- If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day, and get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.

- Make sure to touch base with your child's new teacher at the beginning or end of the day so the teacher knows how much you want to be supportive of your child's school experience.

BACKPACK SAFETY

- Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

- Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight.  Go through the pack with your child weekly and remove unneeded items to keep it light.

- Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to help our members and community promote health care services that will provide optimal physical, mental and social health and well being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Our Vision

The American Academy of Pediatrics exists to prepare its members with the tools, skills, and knowledge to be the best qualified health professionals:

1) to advocate for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and provide for their care;
2) to collaborate with others to assure child health; and
3) to ensure that decision making affecting the health and well-being of children and their families is based upon the needs of those children, their families and the community.

Professional Growth

The American Academy of Pediatrics also exists to support members’ professional satisfaction and personal growth. By providing these services, the American Academy of Pediatrics will be the most valuable professional organization to which those eligible for membership can belong.
We preserve, promote and protect the rights of children for optimal health and well-being, and work tirelessly to advocate for these rights.

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