Four fantastic back to school tips
While you may be trying your best to embrace the summer holidays with your children (despite the British weather), the first day of term will be here before you know it!
As 40% of children worry about going back to school, you must work together to prepare them for this transition – whether they’re starting a new school or simply moving up a year. This means they’ll feel a lot more confident when school starts, which should make it easier to convince them to get out of bed with a spring in their step!
With that in mind, here are some back-to-school tips that will help your children start off the new academic year on the right foot (and with a smile on their face).
1. Work on their nighttime routine.
One of the easiest ways to keep your family happy and healthy is ensuring that everyone gets enough sleep. However, this goal is impossible to achieve if your children have no set bedtime or evening routine, as they’ll likely be full of energy late into the night. While this may not matter so much during the summer, they need to be well-rested when they head to school. Otherwise, they’ll find it harder to focus and keep up with their schoolwork!
Therefore, you should begin to transition into your usual evening routine before the summer holiday ends. Set a clear bedtime for your children, and find ways to help them wind down beforehand, such as turning off screens or reading them a story!
2. Pack the perfect lunch.
If your child was in charge of their lunchbox, it would likely be full of chocolate. However, it’s important that you ensure that some of their five-a-day is included in this meal, as it helps them to stick to a healthy diet and can even give them a much-needed boost of energy! For example, you could add some fruit pots to their lunchbox. With these delicious snacks, not only are you encouraging your child to eat more fruit, but you’re also satisfying their sweet tooth too!
3. Let them speak.
There are many reasons why your child may be nervous about returning to school. For example, they could be worried about making new friends, who their teacher will be, or keeping up with homework. However, you can help them to put their fears aside by talking through their worries with them. Ask your child what they’re most and least excited about for this new year to get the ball rolling, as they may be unwilling to voice their concerns right away.
Once they’ve told you what they are worried about, you can give them some useful advice. For example, if they’re worried about homework, you could talk about the possibility of hiring a tutor.
4. Boost their confidence.
Letting your children know that you believe in them is often key to raising confident, independent children, as it can raise their own feelings of self-worth, even when they’re having a bad day. As a result, you should make offering out this kind of praise a habit – perhaps by starting out each morning by sharing some positive affirmations with each other!