A warm welcome back after the summer holidays! We hope that you all had a wonderful and relaxing break. As the summer holidays have now come to an end, the hardest part is to get our children back into a manageable routine. Here are some tips to help you transition your child from the beach to the classroom.
Validation - Explain to your child that it is absolutely okay to feel nervous and worried at the beginning of the year. Getting back to school and starting a new academic year can be a challenge for everyone. Acknowledging that he/she is not alone experiencing this will help your child feel heard and reassured.
Morning Routine - Getting the whole family dressed and ready for school is one of the toughest tasks we might experience after the holidays. To help your children regain their morning routine, you can set expectations either by using a “back to school chart” or by just talking to them about how they need to start their mornings once the academic year begins.
For the younger kids, you can help by putting their clothes out the night before and/or setting reminders on your older child’s phone.
Homework - Another transition that can be difficult after the holidays is homework completion. Checking their homework diaries and supporting them with when and how best to complete their homework, will help you understand whether they are staying on top of their school work, whilst also enabling them to stay focused.
Letting your child know that you understand the hard work she/he is putting in, and giving frequent positive feedback for their efforts will motivate them further!
Bedtime - This is one of the hardest transitions after the holidays. Often, bedtime routines are very different over the holidays, especially if holidays are spent across different time zones. A nighttime routine (depending on the age of your child) will help create a suitable structure for your child.
One of the most important things to do is, putting an end to any form of screen time including the use of TV, phones, computers and video games at least one to two hours before bedtime.
Give them the responsibility - Routines are the ideal place to give your child the taste of real-world responsibility while they are still under your supervision and guidance. And if you’re lucky, your child will also welcome the chance to do things for themselves, independently.
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If you have questions about the above, please speak to your child’s class teacher or you can contact the school counsellors at firstname.lastname@example.org