There’s not long to go now before children in the UK return to school after months of being at home; and back to school blues really do exist! Even without the global pandemic, some children start to dread returning to school as the end of August approaches, but after several months of being at home, they’re probably feeling it more than ever.
Of course, some children are excited, but with another academic year ahead, they probably have mixed emotions. They may be anxious about pending exams, a new teacher, or perhaps a new school all together. These changes can feel quite daunting for young people, so it’s important for parents to help them stay calm. Read on for some advice from an independent school in London.
Children are very resilient, so they’ll probably adapt to the changes quickly and it will feel like the months at home never happened. However, that doesn’t really help them feel better in the days and even weeks before they go back.
Parents should encourage their kids to get back into a regular routine in advance, in terms of an early bedtime and early start in the morning. If they have become used to late nights and lie-ins, getting them out of bed on the first day back will be tough.
What’s more, you should make sure their school uniform still fits and they have all of the appropriate supplies so that you’re nice and organised. If your child doesn’t feel fully prepared to return to school, they will struggle emotionally, so getting everything ready in advance will help.
Talking things over
Preparation doesn’t just mean buying stationery and uniform, it also involves chatting to your child about their return to school as often as possible. Ask them how they’re feeling about their first day back and if they have a negative response, try and find out why. It may just be that they find school a bit boring, which is perfectly normal.
However, it could be that they’re worried about a bully or a subject they’re struggling with. If you know what’s wrong, you will be better equipped to help and tackle the problem. What’s more, you’ll be able to give your child some advice to help settle their nerves. Be sure to use enthusiastic and optimistic terminology to improve their confidence.
At the end of the day, your child needs to know that they are safe and will always have your full support. Don’t hesitate to contact the school if your child is making you worry about their wellbeing. The teachers will be more than happy to hear you out and keep an eye on your youngster when they get back.