June 25, 2019
Kids are now back in school, and no one is more excited about it than parents who love to see their children learn and grow. However, some children can experience uneasiness especially when they’re meeting new teachers and classmates.
Good news is, parents can manage their kids’ anxieties during this period with these five tips Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz shared with The Manila Times.
Adjust their sleeping schedule ahead of time
As summer break may have changed your child’s body clock, it’s best to help them adjust their sleeping schedule at least one week before the first day of school.
Minimize their TV watching, gadget usage, or outdoor playtime and let them understand that they need to sleep early for school.
That way, their body clock has started to adjust, which prevents them from having a hard time waking up especially if their class is in the morning.
Send them to school on first few days
First day of school with new classmates and teachers can be a little intimidating to kids, so ensure to free your time to send them to school. Their anxiety in going to a different environment can be eased off if someone familiar is around.
Encourage them to make friends
One way to get your kid comfortable especially if they feel anxious on the first day of school is to encourage them to make new friends.
According to a study by University of Virginia in 2017, making friends is critical for children to enjoy school and learning.
Not only does it alleviate their back to school blues, but it also gives them better mental health in times of problems like social anxiety in the future.
Prepare a night before
It’s easier to go to school especially in the morning if your kids’ things are already set a night before. It’s parents’ duty help children like ironing their uniform, checking their backpacks, or preparing their food for school at least a night before. It also lessens the preparation time needed in the morning if the items are all set beforehand.
While the kids are young and have yet to explore on their own, it is every parent’s duty to guide them to a more enjoyable and healthier back to school season.
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