As the new school year approaches for students on a traditional calendar, it’s time to start watching the clock! Now is a perfect time to begin acclimating your child to a school schedule for bedtime and waking. Some parents never planned to change their schedule during the summer, but it’s easy to slide into a different time zone. Although an earlier bedtime usually provides an oasis for parents, who wants to start getting up at 6:30? Take it from me: it’s worth the effort. Every year, I see kids (and teachers) stumbling through their first week of school, groggy and often irritable. Help your kid start off alert and refreshed!