Only a few weeks left before the new school semester starts officially. A common problem that most children would face is getting back to the school routine. If your child is feeling the post-holiday blues, here are 5 tips to help your child look forward to the new school term!

1. LISTEN TO THEM

Always be available to listen to your child. May it be questions or concerns regarding anything, listen to them and give them adequate advice. Encourage your child to share how their day went by taking time to listen. Sharing the excitement can help ease worries or fears.

Try to relate to what your child is talking about. “Emotionally, parents are the safe place for children to experience emotions and to help them develop the language around expressing emotions,” says Dr. Lynn Bufka, a psychologist who also works at the American Psychological Association.

Always remember. You are their comfort zone and you should act like one so your child can express himself more.

 

2. MAKE THEM LOOK FORWARD TO SCHOOL

Try to encourage them and to emphasise all the fun things about going back to school, such as hanging with their classmates, being able to make new friends and even buying new stationery! It also includes getting involved in any sporty activities at school, exciting contests, and other activities. Get your kids involved in programmes that they can do after classes to keep them active. Tell your child to look forward to the yummy food at their school canteen!

 

3. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Make sure your child gets enough sleep and rest before school starts. Part of adjusting to the routine is getting your child to fine-tune his sleeping habits. You can start by establishing a reasonable bedtime (at least 9 hours of sleep) so that they will be well-rested and ready to learn new things in the morning. Try setting your kids' sleep schedules to "School Time" 1 week before the first day.

 

4. WRITE DOWN ANY ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR CHILD

Take note of any important school information and share them with you child such as their new class time table, their class numbers, teachers’ and the principal’s names etc. Doing this will help your child adjust to the school year faster.

 

5. PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE

Have them organise and set out all the things they need for school the evening before. Make sure their bags are packed with all the books they need for the next day. Their uniforms should have been laid out in their bedrooms so they can easily put them on the next day. This might even become a good habit for your child.

If those tips aren’t enough for yet, here are some minor things that you can do to make your child’s experience better:

Visit cultural attractions like museums to shift their brains into "Scholar" mode.

Encourage your kids to read at least one book before the school year begins.

Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they'll use to manage their activities.

Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they're excited to use.

Set up weekly meetings to review your kids' schedules for the week(s) ahead.

Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What's allowed and when?

Establish a set "Family Time," whether it's during dinner or before bed.

Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.

Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk.

Get the lists of school supplies, books and technology your kids will need.

Create an inbox for kids to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.

Let your child choose their shoes and other items they'll need for school.

Go through their wardrobes every 2-3 months to get rid of things that no longer fit. Your child is undergoing a growth spurt so it’s important to check if their clothes are still good to wear for this school year.

Discuss the different pros and cons of bringing versus buying school lunches.

Keep a small emergency allowance in your kids' bags, just in case.

We wish your child good luck and may he behave well in school! Have a great year!