How to cure back-to-school blues
Going back to school can trigger a lot of different emotions in both the parents and the kids.
Parents may feel sad that their time together as a family is over. This sadness may be mixed with feelings of relief of not having to come up with day-to-day activities and distress. New routines and being back to the hustle and bustle of school can be stressful for many parents.
Kids, on the other hand, may feel the same way. There can be excitement in seeing their friends and being back in school. But there can also be feelings of anxiety and distress with the new changes.
NeurOasis wants you to feel better about going back to school. We think both parents and kids can benefit from doing the following:
- Transition slowly
Try to add a new element to your routine at least 2 weeks before school starts. This may be going to bed earlier or having a more regular family dinner time. In this way, you are giving yourself and your kids time to adjust.
- Plan for regular fun activities
Kids usually feel sad going back to school because they feel like the fun is over. This doesn’t have to be the case.
You can take your kids to a pool or water park after school or plan something fun every week. In this way, your kids won’t feel that going back to school is giving up fun.
- Keep things organized
Planning ahead can be a lifesaver for both of you and your kids. As you slowly transition your kids for the coming changes, it’s also important that you plan ahead for your schedule.
You may want to save recipes that can be easily made, frozen, and reheated. While it’s not necessary, you may also consider cooking a week’s worth of meals for your family. This can save a lot of your time, especially on the first few days of school.
- Provide reassurance
Going back to school can be stressful for some kids who may feel some separation anxiety. So, it’s important to give them direct reassurance.
Ask them about school and if you feel your child is struggling in school, whether it’s in catching up with the lessons or with bullying, don’t hesitate to intervene. When your child open up something to you, listen. Some of these things may seem trivial to an adult but it may mean a lot of things for a child.