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Beat the back to school blues

Beat the back to school blues

Us parents have a lot on our plate: mortgage payments, caring for elderly parents, raising the kids, just to name a few. As the new school year approaches, we face additional stressors — paying for back-to-school stuff like, clothes, bags, writing materials,  new shoes the list is endless!

Many parents may also be worried about their children starting a new school, changing school, facing a more rigorous academic year or dealing with difficult social situations. Often the fear of the unknown is the most stressful for family members

But we often forget children are extremely capable of coping with change and parents can help them in the process by providing a setting that helps build and encourages them to share and express their feelings about returning to school.

1. Practice school routine: Try and get the kids into a sleep routine before the first week of school will help in easing the shock of waking up early. Organising things at home for example pre packing their school bags, will help make the first morning go smoothly.

2. Get to know your local area: If your child is starting a new school, find out where local kids clubs are, like the community pool, recreation centre or park.

3. Talk to your child: Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden. Inquire as to what they liked about their previous school or class and see how those positives can be worked into their new experience.

4. Sympathise with your children: Change can be difficult, but also exciting. Let your children know that you are aware of what they’re going through and that you will be there to help them in the process. It is important to encourage your children to face their fears.

5. Get involved: Knowledge of the school will better prepare you to understand your child’s surroundings and the change he or she is undergoing. Meeting members of your community and school will provide support for both you and your child.

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