Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

As a parent, I know the feeling of wanting to give your child every advantage for a great future. In addition to prioritizing saving for college, the path to a bright future can be paved by setting educational goals and creating healthy habits. To help your child start off on the right foot this school year, we’ve put together some quick back to school tips to help ensure their success:

  • Breakfast: Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast every morning—it truly is the most important meal of the day. Some of its health benefits include increased concentration and higher energy levels.
  • Stick to a Routine: By setting and sticking to a routine, the school year can become more manageable for you and your child. Consider doing what you can the night before a school day, including packing backpacks and lunches, planning outfits, and setting an alarm (or two). Also consider instilling a designated homework time. Whether it be right after school or dinner, a homework routine can help your child create better study habits and improve their time management skills.
  • Try a Tutor: Schoolwork can be challenging. If your child needs a little extra help, one-on-one time with a tutor may benefit them. Finding a good tutor doesn’t have to be challenging or expensive—there are many volunteer programs across the country that offer free tutoring.  
  • Check out the Library: In today’s digital age, we often forget about libraries. However, if your child needs a quiet place to study, or wants to find a good book, the library is always a great place for both.               

On behalf of the NEST 529 Plan team, we wish everyone a great school year. As your child heads back to school, share your fun first day pictures with us on Facebook