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Back-to-School Guide for Parents

Two friends waiting for the school bus.

School is an important part of every child’s life. And there is a lot you can do as a parent to help your child realize his or her full potential. Our back-to-school guide, filled with tips from Johns Hopkins experts, will help you become a partner in your child’s education, health and wellness.

Healthy Body

Doing well at school requires dedication, patience, memory and other mental abilities. But physical health is just as important. If your child is frequently staying home sick or can’t clearly see the board, academic performance may decline. Read the articles below to help your child stay healthy and succeed at school.

No-Panic Guide to Head Lice Treatment

Head lice are typically spread by head-to-head contact. If you get the dreaded call from the school nurse, follow this step-by-step guide to get rid of head lice quickly and effectively.

Learn more about head lice treatment.


Back-to-School Health: Tips for Parents Infographic

Did you know that children spend more than 1,000 hours at school? Explore our infographic to get the big picture of how you can help your child realize his or her full potential each and every school day.

Learn more about back-to-school health.


How to Know If Your Child Needs Glasses

Children may compensate for poor vision by squinting, tilting their heads or moving closer to the TV. Find out what you should do if your child exhibits this behavior.

Learn more about vision problems in children.


5 Facts about Scoliosis Every Parent Should Know

A scoliosis diagnosis raises many concerns. Is it permanent? Does my child need surgery? Before you stress yourself out, read our article that covers the basics of childhood scoliosis.

Learn more about scoliosis.

Healthy Mind

School kids have to deal with deadlines, peer pressure, anxiety, stress and other challenges they may not be ready to handle. How can you help your child through the tough times? Get guidance with our expert advice.

5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety

Does your child feel upset about going back to school? It’s possible they have anxiety. It’s important to recognize the warning signs and help your child reduce anxiety and overcome his or her fears.

Learn more about back-to-school anxiety.


Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

School is stressful enough, but LGBTQ kids often face additional challenges. Let us help you clear up some misconceptions and offer tips for supporting your child as they discover their sense of self.

Learn more about LGBTQ youth.


Adjustment Disorders: What You Need to Know

Going back to school can be a big adjustment for a child, especially if it’s a new school. If you notice that your child has trouble adjusting after a move or a traumatic event, ask your pediatrician about adjustment disorders.

Learn more about adjustment disorders.


Does going back to school mean going back to bullying?

Bullying is a serious problem in many schools and even at home via the internet and social media. Get tips from a Johns Hopkins mental health counselor on how to help children who are bullied.

Learn more about bullying at school.

Healthy Habits

The habits your child picks up now may be hard to change later in life. However, there are things you can do as a parent to help your child develop healthy habits that will give him or her a leg up now and later in life.

7 School Lunch Tips for Picky Eaters

Packing healthy school lunches can be hard, especially if you have a picky eater in your family. A Johns Hopkins pediatric dietitian shares tips and tricks to help your picky eaters get the nutrition they need.

Learn more about feeding picky eaters.


Teenagers and Sleep: How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Teens often underestimate their need for sleep and overestimate their ability to handle sleep deprivation. Find out how to help your teen get enough sleep to stay alert and focused at school and on the road.

Learn more about teenage sleep.

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