Getting serious about getting back to school

Tips for helping your family tackle “back to school” with ease, from pediatrician Stephanie Goodson

Last night, as I negotiated the terms of bedtime with my fourth grader (who has managed to push his bedtime back by almost an hour and a half over the course of the summer) I had a moment of panic when I realized the school year, and the early mornings that accompany it, were almost upon us. 

No longer will I be able to give into his pleas for one more TV show, book or snuggle session. Unless I was prepared to handle the crankiness of a sleep-deprived kid come the first week of school, I was going to have to get serious.

Unfortunately, it’s time to face the facts. Summer is winding down and it’s time to prepare our kids for the beginning of the school year. 

As a pediatrician, I know that preparation is key for making sure kids start the school year right, but just like any mom, I, too, struggle to make sure both me and my three kids have all the tools needed to tackle the school year with ease. 

I thought I would share some tips that make it easier for my family to snap into the school-year mindset. 

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A Grateful Family

Ask Megan and Nick Demeester who saved their son Riley’s life, and they will tell you about a long list of people.

It has been over four years since Riley’s birth and long hospitaliza­tion at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and yet the De­meesters still have a strong appreciation for each person who helped make Riley the healthy boy he is today.

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Steal a peek at the football-themed play area in our new hospital!

With the opening of the Mott building just 5 months away, we thought we would take you through one of the areas we’re very excited about. Join us on a virtual tour through each of the nine “zones” of the new game-day themed play area located on the 8th floor of the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital!

The space was designed as a place for patients, parents and siblings to unwind and have some fun. Playful activity can be very beneficial for little ones during the healing process, and we’re sure this new space will bring smiles to patients and families’ for years to come.

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Allowing families to stay close to their children in our new hospital

Ronald McDonald House

New Ronald McDonald House allows families to be steps away from their children

When the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital opens this November, families with critically ill children will be able to find a place to rest at the new Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott. The new facility is one of only five such Ronald McDonald Houses within a children’s hospital in the world. It will be located on the 10th floor of the hospital, just steps away from the hospital’s intensive care units.

While the current Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor that is currently just around the corner from the hospital will continue to serve more than 600 families annually, these new accommodations will provide a short-term stay option for families of our most critically ill children, many of whom were not expecting to have their child admitted and need a place to stay while they make plans and work with the medical team to learn about their child’s condition and treatment plan. The new Ronald McDonald House within the hospital will have 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms and a shared common space, all designed to feel as much like home as possible.

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Sweet inspiration behind Gracie’s Fund for leukemia research

Gracie's battle with cancer inspired The Original Murdick’s Fudge of Mackinac Island to support Gracie's Fund for leukemia research at Mott Children's Hospital.

At age four, Gracie Irish was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“My husband and I were in complete shock,” says Gracie’s mom, Amy Irish. “We were numb.”

After sharing news of Gracie’s diagnosis, friends of the Irish family recommended they visit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Acting on the recommendation, Gracie was airlifted from their hometown hospital to Mott by U-M’s Survival Flight crew.

Amy remembers this first interaction with U-M staff vividly.

“I was sobbing at this moment and a member of the flight crew immediately came over to reassure me,” she says. “He said, ‘don’t worry, she’s going to a great place – my own son was treated at Mott and is now a successful college student.’  It gave me a sense of hope from the very start.”

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