Coping with Back to School Blues

The end of the long summer break has come to a close and while some parents and children are excited for a new school year, others are plagued with anxiety and sadness that the holidays are over. Below are some tips from a private school in London, to show you how to help your kids cope with their back to school blues.

Firstly, make sure you’re child knows you’re there for him or her to talk to about any concerns they might have about going back to school. The more you understand their emotions, the better equipped you will be to help them. Try and figure out what it is they are worried about and assure them that you will support them with whatever it is. If it’s something serious like a bully, it would be wise to take action and contact the school so that they can help resolve the matter.

Children are often sad about the end of the summer holidays because they feel the fun is going to stop, replaced with boring and challenging tasks like homework. With that in mind, make sure your child has a healthy balance between work and play so that they still feel like they’re having fun. Perhaps you could arrange a movie night or a board game session; you don’t have to spend a lot of money or even leave the house to ensure your child is having a good time.

When talking about school with your child, always use positive and enthusiastic terminology as an attempt to change your child’s mindset about their education. Even if you didn’t enjoy school yourself, try and refrain from being negative about it, as this will only instil fear in your child.

If you’re truly worried about your child’s anxiety, you may need to seek professional support. Speak to the school and try and work together to figure out what it is that’s bothering your child and come to a conclusion on how to help them.

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