HELPING YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH THE BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES


After months in lockdown, many children in the UK are probably starting to dread going back to school. Not all of them, of course, as lots of kids are suffering with boredom and missing their friends. 

However, not all children enjoy school for various reasons, and they might be feeling a bit blue. It’s up to you, as a parent, to help tackle these back to school blues and prepare your child as best you can for their return to school. Here are some tips from an independent school in Middlesex.

First of all, it’s important to set aside some time to chat to your child, one-to-one, about how they’re feeling about returning to school. They might be worrying about something specific, like a subject they’re struggling with, a ‘mean’ teacher or even some friendship issues.

 If they do mention any problems of this sort, try and reassure them that you will do your best to help resolve the issue and ensure that the upcoming year is better. Follow this up with a call to the school to address your concerns with the teachers.

 If the problem is subject related, you might want to consider hiring a private tutor to help your child with their studies outside of the classroom.

You will also need to encourage your child to get back into a regular routine, otherwise those early mornings are going to be a shock to the system. With that in mind, a few weeks before your child returns to school, try and get them to start going to bed a little earlier and getting up sooner, so that their body clocks become more realistic.

Help your child become more excited about returning to school, with an optimistic and positive outlook. Remind them that they will be able to see their friends again and return to their extra-curricular activities; no more sitting around in the house all day with not much to do.

 If you’re really struggling to alter their outlook, it might be with investing in some new stationery and other school supplies so that they have something to look forward to using.

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