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Ten tips for a smooth transition.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Start taming your night owl

Nudge your child into an early-bird routine well before the first day of school. Bumping back his bed and wake time by a few minutes every day for two weeks before school starts will make the first day of school less painful. Sleep is vital: kids ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep, teens need 8.5 to 9 hours!