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Parents need to start adjusting their kids’ body clocks now for back-to-school

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August 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

School bells will be ringing soon and many Iowa kids are already getting anxious or excited about returning to class. Anthony Wubben (WOO-ben), a social worker at Van Diest (DEEST) Medical Center in Webster City, suggests parents start readjusting their child’s internal clocks now to get them better prepared for early mornings.

Children who might be used to staying up until the wee hours during the summertime will have a difficult time catching the bus unless they start soon with an earlier schedule.

Wubben says it’s important that parents listen to their children after a day of classwork, as kids need a trusting adult with whom they can be open and honest.

He also suggests parents set up a meeting with the child’s teacher before school begins to get a firm grip on what to expect in the classroom.