Many schools in India that follow the international curriculum will open shortly. Parents of children for whom school has reopened already should also read this blog – it will help you stabilise the day-to-day routine for your child.
As the whole family makes the transition into back-to-school mode, there are a variety of stress factors that affect both kids and parents alike. Change, whether positive or negative has been rated high as a stress factor for children. A change in routine from summer holidays to school is enough to create feeling of stress and anxiety for some children. Waking up early morning every day, homework, new teachers, new peers and after school activities – all add to the stress and anxiety. This is felt not only by children but also parents. Parents worry about juggling the new schedule, carrying out their work routine, and how to handle unanticipated situations such as illness. Stress in contagious. Children pick up on their parents stress.
Here are some strategies that can help a parent work with children to instill confidence in them and manage their emotions – this can be beneficial for the psychological health of the child and the whole family.
Talk to your child: Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden. Understand from the child as to what they liked about their previous school or grade and see how those positives can be incorporated into their new experience. It is important to encourage children to face their fears instead of falling in to the trap of avoidance.
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Being organised: This can help immensely in making a smooth transition back to school. Arranging the study table, designating an area for uniform, shoes and socks, organising books and stationery can eliminate crying by young children and shouting by older ones and valuable time wasted in frantic searching. Be creative about organising and discuss the ideas with your child so that he/she feels involved.
Instilling a sense of confidence and understanding: The parent can be a great source of confidence to the kid. Let the child know that it is okay to feel anxious about the school year, but that you believe in him/her and are confident that things will go well.
Practice the first day of school routine: A couple of weeks before school begins, initiate a gradual transition into the academic school-year schedule, including times for waking up, going to bed and having meals.