Back to school: it can be the most wonderful time of the year! It’s perfectly common, however, to feel all the feelings from excitement and curiosity, to nervousness and uncertainty.

In this toolkit, Connecticut Children’s pediatric experts share helpful, age-appropriate tips to navigate the start of the school year and set your child up for success. Get answers to questions about tackling tough conversation topics, easing stomach pains, preventing sports injuries and a whole lot more.

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Backpack Wearing Do’s and Don’ts

Backpacks—customizable and colorful—are the ultimate in self-expression. But—when not worn properly, they can cause problems in kids’ muscles, joints and—well—back. Learn how to nip that in the bud.

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How to Support Your LGBTQIA Loved Ones

How can we make our LGBTQIA loved ones feel comfortable during times of transition or heard during times of hardship? Listening and having an open discussion can be the first steps in helping them.

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Healthy Snacks for the School Year

Snacking is a great way to keep kids energized and boost their nutrient intake, but keeping it creative and healthy can sometimes feel beyond imagination. Don’t fear—there are lots of (easy) options if you’re crunched for time.

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Back to School—Back to Sleep—Back on Track!

A good night’s sleep is essential. School performance, behavior and mood all depend on it. Connecticut Children’s Sleep Center experts share helpful techniques for a better back-to-school sleep schedule.

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How to Discuss Racial Inequality and Social Justice With Kids

Did you know you can start talking to children about racial inequality and social justice at any age? Get the conversation going with these tips and talking points by age group, from developmental pediatric experts.

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How to Talk to Teens About Dating Safely

Everyone, at every age, deserves healthy, fulfilling relationships. For teens who are just starting out, it’s not always easy to know what that means. How can you help your teen navigate the dating world?

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Tummy Troubles: Back to School Nerves, or Something Else?

What’s a parent to do when they hear, “My tummy hurts—I can’t go to school,” even after a visit (or two) to the doctor? Are these complaints “legit” or are they a result of back-to-school anxiety? Find out more.

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Hearing Loss Tips for Parents

What should parents know about school-aged kids with hearing loss? Or, what steps should parents take if they suspect their child has hearing loss, but aren’t sure? Our ear, nose and throat experts weigh in.

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6 Ways to Raise Children with a Growth Mindset

Those with a growth mindset focus on learning from their failures rather than worrying about being judged by them. For years, researchers have looked into the effects of a growth mindset.

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8 Tips for Your Soccer Player to Avoid Injury

Soccer is a popular sport, but can also be tough on the body. How can your soccer champion avoid injuries as their body grows and develops? Turn to Connecticut Children’s sports medicine experts for advice.

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What to Do When They Don't Want to Go Back to School

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Back to School Bus, Bike and Road Safety

"Look both ways before you cross the street!" There's more to it than that. Make sure your kids heed these very important safety rules.

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