In May and June you can’t help but hear Alice Cooper’s, School’s Out playing in the back of your mind as your kids enjoy those first few days of summer freedom. But, by late July/early August, parents have a new mental playlist going, likely featuring Gloria Gaynor’s, I Will Survive.
From the extra cost of child care for working parents to the stay at home parents with a daily 12 hour stretch of child wrangling, it is safe to say that most parents are glad to see the beginning of a new school year on the horizon. Don’t get me wrong, we love our kids, but we are always ready for the structure of the school year to come back around.
There is usually a bit of work required on the parental end of things to prepare for a new school year, but it is definitely worth it to see the kids off on the first day of school with freshly sharpened pencils and brand new, doodle-free notebooks. One key element to back to school preparation is the back to school physical. Whether they take place in the weeks before a new school year or at some other point in the year, it is important that children have a physical and medical history update every single year.
The beginning of a new school year is usually a good time for this because parent’s can be sure that immunizations are up to date before school starts. In addition, it is also an opportunity to get required sports physicals out of the way for the year. These annual check-ups are important because they provide your pediatrician the ability to identify illnesses and chronic diseases early when they may be easier to treat or prevent. They also give parents the opportunity to update the family’s medical history.
There are several back-to-school checklists available. This is just one of many, but it is pretty comprehensive and includes that important visit to the pediatrician. Back-To-School Checklist