Summer vacation allows you to delve into a leisurely routine. There is no fixed time to wake up in the morning, you can have pizzas or pastas for breakfast, and movie nights and slumber parties happen every other night. When school opens, and kids have to bid farewell to their laid-back lifestyle, it can be a little hard on parents and children alike. Parents face tantrums, whines, and unreasonable demands of their kids.
Little ones want to stay past their bedtime, they don’t want to rise early and getting ready for school is a nightmare. Homework time is similarly painful, and you have to brave another couple of hours of screaming rounds, battles, and frustrated tears. It can take a few weeks to get back into a normal school routine.Having a difficult time dealing with a child with back to school blues? Here is how you can fix it: Click To Tweet
If you are having a difficult time dealing with a child with back to school blues, here are some ideas on how you can fix it:
1. Fix the Routine Before School Starts
You must think I am crazy. Why would I stop my child from having fun when school hasn’t even started? When a doctor has to stop your medicine, he doesn’t ask you to stop taking it immediately. To prepare your body, the dosage is tapered off in a gradual manner. In a similar way, you need to prepare your child mentally and physically for school.
Bring your child’s routine back to normal at least a week before school starts. The first step is to send them off to bed early. It will ease the shock of waking up in the morning and getting ready for school. Next you can practice some lessons and go through new course books. That will prepare a child on what to expect in upcoming classes. Following a school routine during the last days of holidays will make the first day of school easy for both of you.Practice the school routine to avoid back to school blues! Click To Tweet
2. Incite the Excitement of Purchasing School Supplies
The smell of new books, glossy stationery, a brand-new backpack, an ultra-cool pencil case and of course, some amazing back-to-school outfits… School supplies make the idea of going back to school a bit bearable. When your kid is given a grueling task of solving mathematics sums, writing on a crisp page of a notebook with a sharpened pencil will make it much easier.
Before school begins, take your child on a ‘special’ trip to buy supplies. Let them browse the bookstore, allow them to choose a reasonable amount of stationery and buy them a backpack of their choice. It will get them excited about the new session and they will wait for it start to flaunt their awesome purchases.
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3. Hello, Friends!
Rekindling old friendships is one of the best ways to get your child eager for school to start back up. It may be a long time since your little ones have met their best friends. The slumber party that you organized three weeks back seem like ages ago and phone calls just don’t do it. There is a high chance your kids miss their batch-mates.
On the last few days of vacations, reunite your children with their long-lost friends. They will happily discuss what they did during the summer and they may even make plans for lunch break gleefully. Rekindling with their kindred spirits reduces the anxiety a child usually has on the first day. Having a friend is reassuring and they will be keen to go back.
4. Find Out What’s Bothering Them
Sometimes there is a reason behind a child’s anxiety that they are afraid to share with their parents. When a kid is being bullied at school or if they are lacking academically, they tend to lose interest in school. Vacations become a sanctuary where they feel safe and secure.
If you feel your child’s behavior is off and they are worried about something, talk through their anxieties. It will not only take the load off their chest, you will be able to help them tackle the issue that has been bothering them.Talk through your child's anxiety and get them excited about school. Click To Tweet
5. Stay Active
Vacations can turn into a lazy, couch potato. If your child is fond of TV, internet, and video games, don’t let him get hooked on them. Instead, ensure that children have a healthy and active routine throughout the summer. Enroll them in swimming classes and encourage them to cycle and take walks in parks. When they go back to school, they will be full of endorphins and will be able to easily beat the lethargy.Get kids back into a routine by signing them up for out of school activities, prepping them for going back to school Click To Tweet
6. Dress Up!
I clearly remember the excitement I used to feel on the first day of school. I would be longing to wear the lovely outfit I had specially bought for the occasion. Almost everybody seemed to flaunt their shiny apparels. For the first few days of school, deal with the gloomy blues with a great sense of fashion.
Buy a couple of new dresses, shirts and pants and pair it with stylish accessories. Trim your hair and nails and take a warm bath. It can do wonders if you are looking your best on the very first day of school session.
And even if your child’s wardrobe is limited by school uniforms, there’s always exciting new stationery, new school bags, lunch bags and back to school kit to get excited about.It can do wonders if you are looking your best on the very first day of school session. Click To Tweet
7. End the Summer Vacation on a High Note
You can make a checklist with your children to spend an ultimate end-of-the-summer week and create fond memories. It can include a road trip, fishing trips, hiking, makeovers, and shopping hauls. Plan a grand BBQ party, have a beach picnic, or arrange a sleepover with friends – There are various ways you can end your summer holidays with a bang. When you have had a lot of fun, you can start school in high spirits. There is plenty to talk about with your classmates! Don’t forget to share some pictures on social media!Give the kids something to talk about from their summer break. They will be eager to share with their friends and couldn't wait to go back to school. Click To Tweet
8. Focus on Goals
Is there anything particular your child wishes to achieve this year? It can include practicing a musical instrument, participation in theater, writing for school magazine, improving their French vocabulary, or polishing mathematics skills. Having goals, they are enthusiastic about, will motivate them to concentrate in school. With their minds ready to tackle what’s coming, they will welcome the new academic year with zeal.Inspire your child to learn and set goals leading up to schools going back to help ease them in. Click To Tweet
9. A Light at The End of the Tunnel
The first week of the new session is typically very hard but it will pass in a blur. Before you know it, weekend will be right at your doorstep, and I hope you have made some fun-filled plans with your kids! One great way to ‘zoom’ through the week is to have something exciting planned for the weekend. Children will stop their whines and complaints knowing there is a ‘reward’ waiting for them.
During the week filled with tedious assignments, dull lectures and surprise quizzes, there will something awesome to look forward to. It can be a trip to your local cinema, an evening in an amusement park or a dinner at their favourite restaurant. Involve them while you are planning the outing and you’ll definitely have vested interest!
Even better, combine it with a goal to accomplish by the end of the week and you’ll have a motivator as well as something to look forward to.Welcome the new academic year with zeal. Click To Tweet
10. It’s Natural!
Back-to-school blues are common and completely natural. Don’t we all hate going back to work after a wonderful vacation? The blues will go away, children will settle back into their routines and that incredible summer vacation will be a beautiful memory to look back on to.
Hang in there! Get your kiddos out of the bed, dress them up in their nice and tidy outfits, offer them a delicious breakfast, and send them off to school with a big smile.Going back to school may not be as hard as you think if you follow these 10 simple steps. Click To Tweet