Children all over the country are back at school, but after a long summer break, being back in the classroom can be tricky. Here are a few ideas to help smooth your children’s path from holiday to classroom in the first few weeks of this new school term.
Talk about the day
Talking to your children about any anxieties they might have can be an excellent way to smooth out bumps in the first few weeks. In a recent Herald on Sunday article parenting coach Agnes Sigley highlights talking to children about what they like best about school as a way of helping them to feel happy and positive about being back in the classroom.
Reset routines and good habits
If a few rules have fallen over during the holidays, now’s the time to reset them. Some routines, like earlier bedtimes, might need to shift back gradually over the first week though.
Make learning at home fun
When your child has homework, your approach can really affect theirs. If they think their homework feels like a chore to you, chances are they’ll feel the same. Make a plan together. Talk about when they have the most energy and set a good time for getting homework done.
Getting ready for the school day can be stressful. Hugs can be a way of showing your love and support. Hale says sending children to school ‘with warmth and love’ helps them to thrive.
Help build friendships
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