Today we look at what you can do to ease the back-to-school nerves children may be facing ahead of the new academic year.
Lockdown and the ongoing fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic have been tough for everyone but it’s been especially hard for school-aged children.
Many have gone months without seeing a lot of their friends, have had their routine turned upside down and now face new worries as the schools head back.
Challenging times for parents and kids alike however some ideas from the University of Calgary in Canada may help ease any Covid-19 concerns that going back to school may bring.
Explain what children can expect when they go to school as things will look and feel very different from before. For younger kids, talk to them about changes in their classroom, how some activities may be postponed until things return to normal and make them aware that some familiar people may be wearing unfamiliar face masks. Ask older children if they have any concerns or want to talk about the return to school.
All children look towards adults for how to behave so by giving them attention, and showing you understand and are with them, helps reassure them that things will be ok. Yes it’s ok for you to have nerves and worries too!
Having missed so much ask them what they are most looking forward to? Who or what they have missed the most? And once they’ve returned to school, ask them what the best thing that happened during the day was?
Of all the tips featured the authors of the report have stated that establishing a back-to-school routine is perhaps the most vital. So consider getting back to a routine around meals and setting regular times for going to bed and waking up.
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