Parents may feel a sense of relief they don’t need to provide all-day childcare combined with sadness that extended time as a family is over.
Children may feel apprehensive about going back, be unsure about a new teacher or friendship groups, or they may be feeling excited about a new term and seeing friends again.
These mixed emotions, combined with need to get back in to the swing of a school day, can mean that the first few weeks of term are fairly stressful.
We’ve put together some survival tips to help you get through it.
During the first few weeks of term your child is likely to be tired, and therefore more likely to misbehave or be irritable.
They have gone from prolonged time at home and fun activities to a very structured day consisting of a cognitive overload of learning and social interaction.
Factor this in when booking in other activities and allow your child some downtime.
Try to prepare your child for the change back in to the school routine ahead of
If you know they struggle in the mornings start getting them up earlier in the final couple of weeks of the holidays and get back to regular bedtimes.
Talk through the routine with your child so they know what will happen.
Establish a regular time to go to bed, get up in the morning, and time to leave for school.
Visual aids may also help both you and your child with the routine: have a chart with the times and what usually happens to act as a reminder.
Get back in to a regular homework routine as soon as possible - children will often have more homework than the previous year at school and will need to keep on top of it from the start.
Be as organised as you can to help things to run smoothly. Do as much as you can the night before to help with those first mornings getting back into your school routine, and allow extra time in the mornings to avoid a mad rush.
Make a list of any paperwork or letters you need to deal with for school and pop important dates on to your calendar when you get them.
Remind your child ahead of time what usually happens when they are at school,
for example what time they need to be up, when homework days are, or who will be picking them up from school.
Make time to talk through any anxieties your child may have and offer lots of reassurance.
Parents often use the first weeks of back to school time to catch up with things they were unable to do during the summer, whether that’s work, washing or deep cleaning the house.
Remember that parents are human too and everyone needs downtime – take five
minutes to savour a cup of tea in peace and quiet.