Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What can parents do to set the tone for healthy study habits at the beginning of a school year?

With the kickoff of a new school year comes a new opportunity to help kids learn good habits right from the start.

Parents can help students be prepared for this year and years to come by setting the right tone for healthy study and homework habits.

Both the University of Illinois Extension OfficeOff Site Icon (UIEO) and Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians recommend the following steps to start off good study and homework habits:

  • Have a routine – Whether it’s before dinner or after dinner, right after school or following a sports practice, sticking to the same time of day for homework and studying is key. Having a regular time for after-school work and maintaining the schedule, will quickly build this habit into your student’s daily routine.
  • Make space – Having a regular place for students to do homework and study is important. The place doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be free from distractions, such as loud conversations and TV noise. A dining room or kitchen table is an example of someplace that works well for many families.
  • Be available and supportive – While it is good for students – especially as they get older – to be able to take the lead on school work, it’s helpful for them to know parents are there if needed. Check in to make sure your child doesn’t need any help understanding directions and tell them you are available if they have questions.

Talk with your doctor for more information about setting the tone for healthy study habits.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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