Coping With Back to School Blues
It's back-to-school season!
Kids are back in the classroom, teachers are back on the floor, and parents are back at work.
And if you're a parent with kids of your own, you know this time means more than just packing up lunches or getting new sneakers.
It can mean feeling like everyone is moving forward but you.
But don't worry—there are ways for parents to cope with back-to-school blues and still have fun!
Parents and children are likely to experience a variety of emotions as they return to school.
Parents may be sad that their extended time together as a family is coming to an end, yet they may also feel relief that they won't have to give all-day care while their kids are at school.
Children may be thrilled about the start of a new semester and being reunited with friends, or afraid of what lies ahead.
Here are a few ways to help kids cope:
Help Them Adjust to the New Schedule
If your child is back in school, chances are they will have a new schedule to get used to. It's important that you and your kids stay flexible during this time as many things may be different than the summer.
You can help them adjust by making sure they don't forget any supplies for back-to-school night or extracurricular activities such as sports practice after school!
Get Them organised and Teach Them to Prioritise Their Tasks
Organisation means finding a way to accomplish tasks and feel good about your accomplishments.
If you have back-to-school blues, help set yourself up for success by getting organised!
Get your kids involved in setting their own schedules—it'll motivate them to manage their time better so they can complete what needs to get done.
It might take some practice, but once they learn how it becomes easier each day both at home and school.
You may also want to schedule rewards throughout the week or month that are fun ways of showing appreciation for all their hard work!
Tackle one problem at a time
When the back-to-school blues hit, it can be easy to feel like you're overwhelmed.
But don't let that get in the way of a successful semester!
Remember that everyone encounters obstacles—it's how we handle them and recover from them that matters most.
So when back-to-school emotions start running high, remind yourself (and your kids) not to stress too much about one problem before moving on to others.
Tackling everything at once isn't realistic or healthy for anyone involved.
So instead, tackle one problem at a time by prioritising tasks so you'll know which ones matter most right now as well as what things will need more attention later down the line.
Remember, back-to-school blues are completely normal, but you can get through them!
Set realistic expectations for yourself and your kids
Remember that back-to-school blues are normal and it's a completely healthy reaction from both parents and kids.
It can help you cope if you set realistic expectations for yourself as well as your kids so they know what lies ahead of them this semester too!
Stay positive - it's only temporary
Teaching kids good coping skills early on is a great way to stay positive even when it's tough!
So help them stay engaged in their work and spend some quality time with them during this transitionary period too.
Schedule playdates - having friends over after school can be an excellent distraction from the sadness or boredom that may have set in once they return to class.
Set aside alone time - whether it's grabbing coffee with a friend or reading your favorite book before bed, take time out for yourself each day so you stay healthy throughout the semester
Stay connected - stay connected with your kids and stay connected with yourself as well.
Make their Mornings Easier (and better)
Before you send them out into the world make sure they have:
Lunch money—if necessary after school snacks and dinner for when you're running late, homework or permission slips (for field trips) any other items such as sports gear, uniforms, etc… And don't forget extra socks!
If it gets chilly make sure he has an extra pair so he isn't cold all day long Music player/headphones if needed water bottle packed up with lunch Make sure there are no holes in his shoes, shorts, or coats They may make fun of you, but make sure your kids have the proper uniform for school.
Make their lunches extra special and make them excited to eat at least one healthy meal a day!
Remember that there are tons of easy ways to make sandwiches interesting so pack colourful veggies or fruits in between slices of bread (or bagels) along with other tasty treats like chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc.
Kids LOVE getting creative when it comes to their food so add some flavour into their meals this year by adding spices straight onto meats before cooking them or sprinkles onto waffles before pouring on the syrup!
Make sure they're eating well—and if not help motivate them towards healthier choices by setting an example yourself.
Tips on how to help your kids with their homework without stressing out too much
When kids are stressed, their homework may be the first thing to go as they work through other problems.
Here's how you can help your kid with his or her homework without stressing out too much:
Don't make it a competition. If you're working on something together don't rush your child; sometimes taking longer is better than trying to speed things up when there's no need for haste.
Keep yourself in check! Remind your partner that this isn't about who finished what first, but rather doing one's best to help them stay motivated and focused during each task at hand.
Try not to fix everything. Sometimes kids just want help remembering where they left off or looking at an equation two more times before they give up.
Remind them that help is always there when they need it. If the questions or work seem too difficult, remind your child how you will help and encourage him to try again on his own before calling for help every single time!
Reassure them. Remind your kid that even if he doesn't understand something now, he can ask about it later at home so as long as he tries his best not to fret over those difficult moments throughout the day.
Remember: stress comes from worrying about what might happen in the future, but kids' homework shouldn't be a source of anxiety because help is only an email away (or maybe just downstairs).
Be patient; no matter where we are in life—students, parents, or teachers—we all need help from time to time.
Don't forget to be patient with your children when they're not doing as well in school this year. Sometimes the reason behind a child's grades slipping has nothing to do with intelligence and more to do with personal problems that are affecting their ability to focus at school (or elsewhere).
Be understanding. If you notice changes in behavior make sure you speak up so everyone involved can help out through these difficult times!
Remind them of what will happen if there isn't an improvement; let them know that while it may seem like fun now being on restriction for three weeks straight might not sound too appealing later down the road… This is especially helpful if your child is typically very well-behaved.
Keep track of the time you spend helping them. Make sure they're working hard by themselves for at least half an hour before help is needed (and not requested).
If your kid constantly needs help, remind them that they can't expect to get better if all help comes from mum and dad.
They need to find ways on their own whether it's through learning tricks or asking questions during class so as to become more self-sufficient over time rather than always expecting others around them to swoop in when things go wrong!
Remind your kids how proud you are of their efforts, especially when homework gets tough but despite a lack of motivation still manages to be completed every single night without fail.
The first day of a new year is always an exciting time.
Even though the excitement may be tinged with some sadness as we leave behind our friends and summer days, it’s hard not to get excited about starting something new.
Back-to-school time means new routines, schedules, and responsibilities that can be overwhelming for some children.
It is important to remember how much change a child’s life goes through this season in order to cope better with the sadness or anger they may experience.
In order to help your child have an easier transition into their first day of classes, it is wise to start by setting up expectations early on about what will happen at home after school begins.
Establishing a set routine before the first day of class helps ease stress levels that are often associated with starting something new like going back to school.
This also includes laying out rules so that there aren't any surprises when you get home from work later in the day.
For kids, this means going back-to-school shopping for clothes and supplies that will last them all year long. But what if you have children who are struggling?
With any luck, the tips in this article will help?