Dealing with Back to School Blues

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Circumstances have been tough on children in recent months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most of them haven’t been going to school and parents have had to balance their own work with helping their kids. As the UK is slowly starting to reopen, children will inevitably have to return to the classroom, which is a daunting thought for many. Parents will have to help their kids navigate through these ‘back to school blues’, which isn’t going to be easy. Here are some tips from a co-educational, independent school in Surrey.

Preparation is key if you want your child to comfortably slip back into a regular routine. Whilst they have been home from school, your child might have been staying up a little later than usual and sleeping in in the mornings. A couple of weeks or so before they return to school, try and get them back into healthier sleeping habits by reintroducing a reasonable bedtime and encouraging earlier starts in the morning. If you don’t, it will be a huge shock to the system when the alarm rings on that first day back, and your child will feel lethargic and unable to focus in class.

Chat to your child about how they’re feeling about returning to school. There might be something that they’re worrying about, like a bullying problem, a mean teacher or a subject that they’re finding hard. Figure out their concerns and try and help them resolve the issues; you might need to speak to the school so that they are aware and can help you fix them problem.

You will also need to enforce a positive attitude around your home. Remind your child that they will be able to see their friends again and re-join any extra-curricular clubs that they enjoyed before the pandemic. Use optimistic, uplifting terminology when talking about school so that your child can start to replace feelings of anxiety with excitement. Consider buying them a new pencil case or school bag, so that they have something to look forward to using when they go back.

Make sure your child can still fit into all of their uniform and they have all the correct equipment ready. If you leave this to the last minute, you’ll create some unnecessary stress that you could all do without during these difficult and uncertain times. Being organised will help the process run a lot more smoothly. 

Your child might be worried that by returning to school, they won’t be able to have as much fun or spend as much time with you. With that in mind, try and plan some things for them to look forward to, even if it’s just board game night on a Wednesday evening. Essentially, the trick is to show your child that just because school is starting, it doesn’t mean they’re not going to be able to enjoy themselves.

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