Returning to school after being at home can be a nerve-wracking time for children. Even if they’re excited to see their friends again, it can be tough for them to get back to the routine of going to school every day. On top of that, their school routine might not be the same as it was before. A lot of children have had to return to school after a long period of home-schooling this year, and it can be stressful for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help make the transition easier for your child.
Discuss Your Child’s Feelings
It’s important to make sure your child has the opportunity to express their feelings about going back to school. Some children will share more easily than others, so be sure to make it clear that you’re here to listen. Asking your child questions about how they’re feeling and what it’s like being back at school can help them to express themselves and discuss how things are going. It’s also helpful to name your child’s emotions if you can see that they’re struggling. Sometimes they don’t have the words to say how they’re feeling, so you can help them out.
Talk About Changes at School
When things have changed at school, it can make it more difficult to go back. Things aren’t the same as before, which can make it harder to settle back in. Children might be in temporary classrooms or dealing with various social distancing rules. Talking about the things that have changed and reassuring your child can make it easier for them to process everything. Discuss why the measures are in place and how they’re helping everyone to stay safe. Try to find out what measures are being taken at your child’s school so that you can talk about them.
Catch Up with Teachers
It can be useful to try to catch up with your child’s teacher or teachers before they go back to school, or even after. A catch-up call gives you the opportunity to discuss how your child is feeling and any difficulties that they might be having. It could also give your child a chance to say hello and express any worries that they might have to their teacher. As well as a phone call, any other form of communication could be helpful, such as an email or letter.
Give Your Child Some Control
When something is happening that might make your child feel out of control, you can help them to feel more in control. There might be some things that you don’t have much control over, but you can let your child make choices about some parts of their routine. You might let them pick what to have for their lunch, help them to choose their own school supplies, or allow them to have a bit more control over what they do outside of school.
Getting back to the classroom after time away might be hard on your child, but you can help to make it a more comfortable experience.
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