It’s that time of year where the kids are back to school and it’s not always an easy transition. Going from the summer break back to the school environment is not easy for every child, from troubles with the teachers or other students or even just a class, these are just a few of the stresses that can keep your child from enjoying school. School is something that they have to go to to be able to learn and progress in life, and whether you are homeschooling or not, you do have to appreciate that any transition for a child is difficult.
You may decide to invest in online maths & physics tuition for your child, and if you do this is usually to support the education or if you feel they are not getting good enough attention in these subjects. If you can help your children to work through the stress, you will teach the valuable stress management tips that will help so that dress. Here are some of the ways that you could help your child if they are feeling that back to school stress.
- The first rule of back-to-school stress management is just to listen. It’s super simple but it’s something that most parents really do forget to do. Your child has feelings and those feelings may be immature because they have not gone through puberty or adulthood yet, but those feelings are still valid. Listening to the stress that your child is going through is important if you want them to keep talking to you and to keep opening up to you. Even if they are not doing the talking, watching for non-verbal cues will help you to trust your instincts if your child just doesn’t seem like themselves. Because the conversation by asking about school and don’t do it directly after school because you are likely not to get a response.
- Discuss their schoolwork. If you want to narrow down where the stresses are, then speak to them about their schoolwork and their friends. If they are new to homework, talk to them about it at the kitchen table before they sit down to it. Talk about the due dates of the importance of the TVs, and focus on completion and doing their best and understanding the concept of the assignment rather than the outcome with the grades. When they learn to manage that workload efficiently, this will help them to get into the swing of hard studying later on in their school lives.
- Establish careful routines. From breakfast in the morning to bedtime at night, children need to have good routines so that they feel like their lives are on solid ground. Setting up a breakfast and morning routine that works for everybody maybe things like setting out plates or planning breakfast the night before. We may even be getting up a few minutes earlier to help to ease morning stress as they get ready for the day. This is such a good way to help them with that but still stress.
- Talk about the rules. There are always school rules and they’re always husband for behaviour, and for the way that they carry themselves throughout their lessons. Understanding the rules that your child’s school has in place will help your child to be set up for success. Do they know what happens if they are late for class? Do they know what happens if they’re not in the correct uniform? Do they know what happens if they are not attentive? These are things that you need to go over with them so that you are all on the same page and can better support their learning.
- Unschedule them. Not everything has to be studious and rigid. Unscheduling your children helps them to have fun and the extra curricular activities are just as beneficial for their learning but not as studious as being in a classroom. It takes time for them to learn that they don’t always have to be focused on learning the ABCs of algebra to be able to have fun with learning. The more you encourage this, the better your child will feel about the work they are pushing into the learning. Talk to him about how you can make their education more fun and they will tell you everything that they need from you to make it work.
- Teach them to be helpful. If you want your children to thrive in school then you need to give them some chores at home. Chores are often something that children expect compensation for, but instilling in them that when they are doing chores in the home is to keep the living space tidy is a good way to send them into adulthood. You don’t always need a financial incentive to get tools from your children – you just need to remind them that this is where they live, and they need to take care of it. When they have a tidy ethic at home, this will translate to their school life, their locker and their bad. It can really help them to understand the meaning of keeping the space clear and clean.
- Get them an alarm clock. Before school restarts, by an alarm clock for your child and have it set up ready on their bedside table. Just before the school year begins, settle down a little bit earlier every night and push activities up to 30 minutes or so so that your children get reactivated to see what the school nights will look like. This includes powering down electronics much earlier, too. Of course, you can expect complaints with this because children will not feel like they have to do this, if they want to be used to waking up early to get to school this is a must.
- Give them something to look forward to. Planning some time away with your children is one of the best ways that you can get the feeling motivated for school. The end of summer isn’t the easiest thing to cope with and they will need a rest at the beginning of the school year, especially if they are feeling overwhelmed by what’s to come. By planning a weekend away, you can ensure that your children feel happy and excited for what’s to come instead of worrying about what’s going to happen during the year.
- Plan a shopping trip. Getting your kids back to school? Then you need to go and get shiny new backpacks and untouched markers, new folders and notebooks and uniforms and shoes – the list can feel endless. Your child is going to want to have the best of everything and you should be able to give that to them, but planning a shopping trip is a good way to have some bonding time together before they have to go back to the rat race of school dealing with classes, children and other social issues that do crop up on the school playground.
- Get organised at home. Organisation is not just for the locker. At home, you should have a cabinet or a desk area that is equipped with everything that they would need for homework, including somewhere for all that paperwork and I’ll work to go. Make sure the kids are just keeping all of the school books and paperwork in their bedrooms because they will go into the abyss and will never be found again. Make sure that you are well organised for this because there will be new notepads, pens and outlets coming home in this new school year.
- Get to know other families. If your children are starting a new school year, it would help all of you as a family to get to know others in the same school year. If the kids are friends, they will be able to feel excited about going to school as I’ll be able to start school together. It’s not always easy for children – or parents to make new friends, but you all have to make an effort if you want to be a good part of the school community. Ideally, you will be in the school for a few years to come, so make sure that you get off on the right foot.
- Plan your week. Every weekend, spend a little bit of time gathering your plans for the week ahead. Write down any appointments and extracurriculars on a giant calendar that everybody can access, add play dates or meetings and even your downtime. It may sound a bit boring to schedule in your downtime, but when you’re stressed out you’re more likely to give everybody in your home detention that they need when you schedule it.
- Take a deep breath. Lastly, it’s time for everybody just to take a breath and get ready for the school year. Look forward to the next school holiday time and plan something fun as time goes on. Make sure that your children know that they can come to you if they have any problems, and familiarise yourself with any teachers.