Summer Vacation Over, Now Back to School
Summer vacation is officially over for most children in our area, and a lot of parents are wondering how to get their children’s minds ready for school after the break. School and studying is more like a sport. Athletes have to work out all the time. They have to exercise their muscles; they have to run to keep in shape. The brain is the same kind of thing. But after a nice long summer break; it can be hard to get your child’s mind back into the game and back into school mode. If you’ve been lax about bedtime, then it’s time to start keeping to a schedule. Kids need eight to ten hours of sleep. If your child is getting less, then it will no doubt affect their behavior and performance in school. The most important thing in getting kids ready to go back to school is developing a routine. Sticking to a routine is something I have also practiced with my own children and grandchildren. You should develop what works best for your family. Please make it sort of a compromise, don’t make it like here is the way it’s going to be. Ask your children to spend some time working on school stuff. You may want to let them decide when that time should be. What would be a good time for them to work on homework? If they decide it’s an hour after school is done, then make it an hour after school is done every time. If you’re struggling to set a routine, it’s not too late to start as you can always start the routine. But once you make plans make sure to stick to them. Continue to exercise during the school year as well. Exercise is good for us physically and mentally. Exercise helps with stress and we sleep better too. Exercise gives us a higher energy level and can promote better concentration in school. Stress is the body’s normal response to troubling situations. Children can experience stress such as entering a new grade, a new school, or worrying about an upcoming test at school. So preparing your child ahead of time can help reduce stress. Tour that new school or meet your child’s teacher. Encourage your child to study each evening. Going to school offers a wide range of emotions for parents as well as children. Whether it’s dread, excitement, or fear, all of these feelings can be bottled up inside our kids. Remember that any one symptom of distress does not mean that their school year will be a failure. All kids will struggle, so try hard not to view their setbacks as a permanent threat to their school career. Every year that your child goes through school will be filled with highs and lows, good moments and upsetting ones. Through encouragement, support and keeping your finger on the pulse of you child’s emotions, you are laying the groundwork for their future success in school and wherever they may go.