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Back to School

Make a Smooth Transition with these 10 Tips

During your children’s school career, there will be many new beginnings they’ll have to face. From those first anxious moments when they wave goodbye to you from the preschool door to when they enter the hallways of a new middle or high school as awkward teenagers.

Here are 10 ways you can help your child have a smooth return to school and start the new school year on a positive note.

1. Chat with your child.
Keeping an open line of communication is important. Talking about their anxiety, stress or excitement will allow your child to express their emotions openly. Help your child come up with a “plan” or a strategy to deal with situations that they may be uncomfortable with. Be supportive and encouraging to make them feel comfortable about going to school.

2. Create a sense of community.
Feeling a part of things is important for children at every age. You can help by providing chances for your child to make new friends. Getting in touch with classmates before school starts can help break the ice for many kids.

3. New school? Keep the old friends, too.
If your child is starting at a new school, parents can help bridge the emotional gap between making new friends and leaving a familiar circle of friends by encouraging kids to keep in touch.

4. Get the kids involved.
Create opportunities for your children to meet others their own age who have similar interests. Some examples include public library and recreation programs, scouting, sports teams, and church groups.

5. Parents should get involved, too.
Make time to meet the other parents and get to know your child’s friends and teachers. Volunteer to be a room parent or maybe coach your child’s sports team this year.

6. Visit the school.
Arrange a visit to the school with your children before school begins. Ask if you can have a brief tour of the school.

7. Get into a groove.
Since having a routine helps reduce worry and stress, establishing back-to-school procedures is important. And it’s important to begin these procedures a week or so before school starts.

8. Get organized.
Take the time to create order. Designate a spot where backpacks will go, create folders for each child where the plethora of papers that come home from school can be filed, and have a white board handy to write down things you don’t want to forget.

9. Don’t talk it up.
Although many parents like to make a big deal about going back to school, for some children who are worried about the first day, keeping things low-key is better.

10. Get regular progress reports.
Once the first day of school has come and gone, you’ll still want to know how your child is doing. Take time to connect with your child’s teacher, not just at the beginning of the school year but even after a few weeks or months to see how your child is transitioning. The school year is a work in progress, and parents need to stay involved throughout the year.

More than anything, let your child know that you believe in him and that he can have a successful first day. And reassure him that you’ll discuss his first day that evening, when you’re both happily back home.

A Note from Dr Brooks

“As you are preparing your kids for heading back to school, don’t forget to schedule their semi-annual dental checkups. Just as important as getting physical exams, regular dental checkups allow us to clean your child’s teeth while catching any minor problems before them become bigger issues. Dental problems can cause your child to have pain, which leads to loss of appetite, speech issues and trouble concentrating; getting into the dentist to fix the problem can also cause the child to miss school. Let’s get them ready for the new school year by being ahead of any possible issues. When we clean their teeth, we’ll also apply fluoride to help keep their teeth healthy, and we can discuss the potential need for dental sealants, which will seal the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth where food and plaque tend to build up in the deep pits and grooves. Every child deserves a healthy start to their new school year. I encourage you to make their dental exams part of your preparations. Best wishes to everyone for a fun, safe and successful 2016-2017 school year.”

Staff Spotlight: Megan

We recently welcomed Megan, a hygienist, to our Anderson Dental Care team.

Megan has been in the dental field for four years after having attended University of Cincinnati. Megan has a dog, Lily, and 10 chickens. She has recently developed a love for yoga, and she likes to play sand volleyball during the summer. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time at the lake with friends. Megan is very passionate about her work as a dental hygienist and we’re thrilled to have her at our office!

Happy Birthday

Help us wish a happy birthday to Dave Z.!

He is this month’s Surprise Birthday Drawing winner, and he’ll be receiving a $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card in the mail to help him celebrate his birthday on August 15.

Have you Heard?

Our online payment portal is up and running!

This convenient, 24/7 online bill pay option makes it easier to view your account details and pay account balances with credit card or electronic check (directly from your checking account). Visit atowndental.com/payonline to get started. And be sure to create an account the first time you use it to simplify your future visits even more.

Hometown Family-Friendly Events

August is packed with fun things to do around Cincinnati. Soak up these last days of summer with some of these fun and affordable family events. We love featuring the events around our community, so please keep sending them our way by emailing info@atowndental.com

The Wizard of Oz
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 (times vary)
at Anderson Center
$15 Adults, $13 Students, Seniors, Active Military
More details: beechmontplayers.org

Glier’s Goettafest
August 4 – 7 (times vary)
at Festival Park Newport
FREE admission
More details: www.goettafest.com

Hamilton County Fair
August 10-14 (times vary)
at Hamilton County Fairgrounds
$7 Admission (plus $5 parking per car)
More details: hamiltoncountyfair.com

Party on the Plaza: Dan Varner Band
Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
at Anderson Center
FREE admission; food and drinks for purchase
More details: andersonpartyontheplaza.com

Everything Thomas
August 1 – September 13
at EnterTrainment Junction
Adults $13.95, kids $9.95 (2 & under are free)
More details: entertrainmentjunction.com
*Pricing is for train exhibit only; additional fees for activities may apply

Da Vinci: The Genius
Now through Sept. 25
at Cincinnati Museum Center
Admission varies by age and membership status
More details: cincymuseum.org

$2 Tuesdays
Tuesdays through April 25, 2017
at Axis Alley (Newport on the Levee)
$2 games and $2 shoes (per person)
More details: axisalleylevee.com

Thank You!

Our practice continues to grow everyday and we recognize that our best patients come from your referrals. To show our appreciation, you will be entered into our monthly raffle anytime you refer a friend or family member to us! A chance to win big prizes! As always, thank you for your continued confidence and support!

This publication is provided as a courtesy/gift subscription to the patients and friends of: Nathan A. Brooks, DDS • Anderson Dental Care • 7525 State Road, Ste. A • Cincinnati, OH 45255 • Phone: 513.275.1904 • www.atowndental.com

Questions and comments on the material in this publication should be directed to our consumer affairs hotline via fax: 1-503-218-0557. The goal of News from the Office™ is to provide information to the general reader on living a more rewarding life through better physical, mental and financial health. This publication is not intended to provide individualized advice, which should be sought from licensed professionals such as dentists, physicians, attorneys, and/or accountants.

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