Back To School
The summer is almost over and the new school year is about to start. Starting a new year, for some children can be stressful, whether it concerns their come back to elementary school or a high school.
Many parents confront this issue and they have to find a way how to manage it successfully. Many children will show physical symptoms such as headaches, tummy aches, and will say they are tired and don’t feel so well.
You get the idea right?
Some symptoms are developed consciously or unconsciously, and here is the part when parents have to jump in and settle the matter, and oftentimes with a help of a child therapist.
Parents – through talk and observation should find out if there’s a direct cause between aches and stress.
If so, what should parents do?
Make Sure Kids Have A Quality Sleep
Having a good night sleep is the foundation of overall physical and mental health. Without it, children may have problems with their behavior, alertness, irritability or may have anger issues.
It is recommended that 12 hours of night sleep is sufficient for pre-schoolers, and 10 hours for kids into their teen years.
It is good to re-establish sleeping routines of your kids at least a week or two before school starts. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to get up in the morning and prepare for daily obligations.
Make Sure They Consume Quality Food
Quality food is significant part in your battle to reduce their stress levels. Load them with vitamins and minerals coming from food, make sure they drink plenty of water, and let them do physical activities, so the stress levels can be lowered at some point.
Make sure they eat their quality breakfast at home, as we all know some schools don’t pay too much attention of chosen products offered.
Make Sure You Speak Optimistically
Using your optimistic tone while speaking to them, can influence their little fragile mind.
Transfer your optimism and excitement to the beginning of the school year. While speaking, you can focus on the positive aspects of the learning experience and expanding mind, and let them know that meeting new people is good for themselves, as well as making new friendships.
What You Shouldn’t Do
There are things you shouldn’t do as a parent such as:
Don’t overload them with schedules: they were free during the summer, and setting harsh boundaries can be stressful for your kids.
Don’t over instruct them: you are their guidance, but let them make their own decisions which you can discuss together thoroughly.
Don’t be so overprotective:They need to make some mistakes on their own, so they can determine what is wrong and what is right.
Find out what your child is thinking without any judgment involved. Be their silent guidance, they are under stress enough already.
Don’t act like a tough director ordering what to do.
Always ask a permission from your kid before you offer any advice : ” Can I tell you something about this issue”?
Good approach sends good and positive vibes to your kid, and there is a chance it will open up to and tell you what is the problem.
Always create a good ground for talk.
How To Accept The New School
There is a chance for a drawback on this, as changing schools can be highly stressful. The child is frightened and stressed not knowing anybody in the new environment.
It is a good idea if you take your kid to meet the new teacher to put it at ease a bit. The teacher can do some school tour, so the child can “feel” the environment.
The more relaxed it becomes, better for later – when school days will start.
Listen What They Have To Say
Always listen carefully what they need to say. You’ll understand what they are stressed about, so you can direct and pull them off that process.
Even if your kids won’t talk, monitor their behavior and trust your instincts.
You can always begin casual conversation by asking about school while you’re driving home, or you are going to the supermarket.
Don’t pressure to get answers because they’ll withdraw, and you won’t get any.
Go easy on them.
Help Them With Their Homework
Sometimes, new environment, new friends and new subjects to learn can raise the level of stress significantly. If you see that your children can’t handle their homework, try to help them instantly, or, offer your help first.
Talk about what is due for tomorrow, or the next week, and make sure you help them to plan how to get the work done on time.
Many parents focus on grades which is completely wrong.
Dear parents, don’t focus only on grades, rather focus on completion and understanding the concepts of the assignment.
Their workload needs to be managed successfully and efficiently, not only for their school obligations, but in life as general.
They learn life during each growing process they take and problem manifestations when they occur.
That’s the way it is…
As a parent, you need to be informed of the school rules, such as:
- what happens if your child is late to school
- are electronic devices allowed
- what is the dress code
- understand the culture of the school by attending parental meetings
- understand what is expected from your child
If you have better understanding about many issues, it will help your kids navigate better school demands and show their best there.
It is a necessity to establish home routines while school year is active.
Start with a breakfast morning routine that works for everyone. Planning a breakfast the night before is always better so you can ease the morning stress caused by rushing.
Try to make mornings calm, and be enthusiastic as much as possible about what is planned for the day. Be an example for your kids, and sharing the plans that you have for your day, can affect positively making them feel more relaxed.
Make sure before going to bed (early), they pull off from the closet which outfit they will wear, and let them set their own backpacks for the next day.
Whichever helpful routine you establish, it will be for their own good.
You will plant sense of discipline to them – which is of a life importance.
Let Them Have Off Time
Everybody needs some time off, and your kids too. Don’t enroll them to everything you can think of – they need some rest too, and their fragile minds as well.
Let them be kids while they still can…
You can have one weekday as a “free day” after school and stick to that schedule. Your child will be relaxed and prepared for the rest of the week, because you allowed to have a proper downtime…
School Traveling And Safety
- Plan a walking route to the school or the bus stop
- Walk the route with your child
- Teach them never to talk with strangers
- Make sure your child walks to school with a friend, family member or trusted neighbor
- Teach them to obey traffic signals
- If your kid is biking to school, make sure helmet is included
- Driving and picking up your kids should be as close as possible to the school
- Make sure your children know yours and theirs telephone numbers in case of an emergency, as well as 911 call
- Give your children directions how to deal with bullying
- Check out the playground in their school
- Make sure they understand why they need to stay out of trouble
This list can go on and on, and you can add some of your concerns if you would like as a comment in this post.
Happy back to school!
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