Seeing your kid succeed is enough to make any parent smile. Start the school year strong by celebrating National School Success Month with The Three R’s – Reach out, Routine, and Rest.


  1. REACH OUT. Meet your kid’s teachers by attending the "meet-the-teacher" night, orientation, or other welcoming events the school will likely host. Make a point of introducing yourself but don’t stop there, meet other parents, too. You’ll be surprised at how much and how often you learn from and help one another.
  2. ROUTINE. Establish healthy at-home routines for school days, such as consistent waking times and getting-ready patterns. Decide on a regular homework time and create a comfortable, quiet workspace. And while we’re on the topic of routines, we’re just gonna’ say it: make sure brushing and flossing is a daily habit, too. That’s not just good for school success, that’s good for life success.
  3. REST. Set bedtimes that allow elementary-age kids to get 10 to 12 hours of sleep; teens should get 8½ to 9½ hours.