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Susan Adcox

Encourage Good Habits for New School Year

By August 20, 2012

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Back-to-school time means lots of kid stuff in the news. Some of it is really good for grandparents to know, even though we may need to be careful how we share it. (We're not the parents, you know.) Here's a sample:

  • Before starting school, most teenagers need to crank their bedtimes back about five hours, according to a sleep expert at Saint Joseph's University, who also reminds us that it's best to sleep in a dark bedroom free of electronic devices. How many teenagers do you think comply with that directive?
  • Many children are carrying backpacks that are too heavy for them, according to the Harris County Hospital District. Two easily observable indicators: The child struggles to get into and out of the backpack, and the child's posture changes while carrying the pack. Too-heavy backpacks can cause problems later in life.
  • Kids who watch a lot of television have less explosive leg strength and larger waistlines than kids who watch less, according to a study reported by Time.com.

Most of us don't have much control over how much sleep our grandchildren get or how much they put in their backpacks. We can, however, encourage our grandkids to turn off their screens and get moving. I'm always on the hunt for outdoor toys, and we go to the playground almost every time that the grandkids visit.

How do you encourage your grandchildren to be active? Leave a comment below.

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August 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(1) Grandma Kc says:

I’m still sitting here in shock that teenagers need to dial back there bedtime FIVE hours??????????

August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(2) grandparents says:

I’m sure that one of my two teen granddaughters will need every bit of five hours. If she’s been going to bed at 3 a.m. and needs to be in bed by 10–yep, that’s five hours! Most teenagers aren’t staying out late. They’re just up watching movies or YouTube, text messaging, listening to music, Skyping, etc. In their bedrooms and in their beds but not sleeping!

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