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Summer has all but ended and for most people children are now back to school. For some parents this is a blessing as they will have had a summer full of bickering kids and complaints about boredom. For others it brings about a sense of anxiety, wondering if they are going to be okay settling back into a routine without your guidance.
After having your children home for such a long period of time it can be difficult to get back into usual routines. Simple things such as walking safely to school may need to be reiterated as they may have been forgotten in the last few months. Accidents can happen to the best of us so if an unfortunate incident does occur during this stressful back-to-school time you can always discuss your options with a personal injury lawyer.
Some parents and kids are finding it difficult to adapt to the new school year so this is why it is imperative that both parents and children get into good, healthy routines that still allow for that all-important family time together. Keeping communication open, for example when they first get home, at the dinner table, or as you tuck them into bed can help make it easier for your child to open up to you about any problems they may be facing. This will, in turn, allow you to support them with any negative or low moods, as well as to come up with some ideas on how to handle their issues together. This communication will help form a basis for healthy emotional management into adulthood, not just when they go back to school.
Ensuring your child gets the right amount of sleep for their age will also go a long way. Too little sleep can affect your ability to concentrate and make safe decisions. Too much sleep can also leave you feeling exhausted, as strange as it may seem. Both can also cause long term health problems. The correct amount of sleep, however, will enable your child to perform well at school and go toward their overall health. Starting a sleep schedule before the new term rolls around can be highly beneficial and get both you and your children into a good sleeping routine, so the set bedtimes and need to wake up early will not be a shock to anyone.
Having some relaxation time is also key. While your child may have homework to do, and partake in clubs, there should also be some downtime where there is nothing on your schedule. They may simply see their friends, watch something, or play outside. Whatever it is, making sure their schedule is not overloaded can go a long way to helping them feel less stress.
The return to school may be daunting for all involved, but by implementing good habits and simply being there to support your child, you can make the process a lot smoother.