There are bags to pack, lunches to make, and a never-ending list of things to buy. And if you are stressed out just thinking about it you are not alone. Going back to school is a stressful time for parents, no doubt, but many people often forget that it is also a stressful time for children.
School places a great deal of expectations on children. After two months of summer relaxation, the idea of going back to a strict school routine can be very unnerving. Not to mention it is a new year with new teachers and new lessons to learn. Perhaps your child is going to a new school and has to go through the process of making new friends. It is no surprise that our children get overwhelmed at the idea of returning to school.
With all of these things to consider it is important to practice mindfulness when approaching the new school year, and stress in general. Mindfulness simply means being aware of how you are feeling and how those around you are feeling, so that you are better equipped to handle stressful situations.
Children handle stress differently than adults.. Stress can have serious effects on children in the long run, leading to physical and mental health issues later in life. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your child’s stress levels, anxieties over school, and potential problems. It could make all of the difference in their worlds.
As parents, there are a few things you can do as we move into the 2016-17 school year:
- Listen to your children. They are often telling you more than you think at first. It is the subtle things that mean the most.
- Let your children be kids. If you overload them with extra-curricular activities you will burn them (and yourself!) out.
- Eat breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, and ensuring that your children start the day with one healthy meal can make all the difference.
- Let them sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation children need 8-10 hours of sleep so encourage a sleep schedule and follow a routine.
- Practice mindfulness. Even if it just means taking a walk outside to take a break from homework.
- Teach your children to breathe. Taking a deep breath during a stressful situation can be the difference between loosing your cool and finding a solution.
- Be present. Sometimes all they need is for you to be there to help them, listen to them, sit with them, or joke with them. We are all busy, but it is important to be present in the lives of the ones we love.
We wish all of the students the best of luck in the 2016-17 school year. May you have a stress free year.
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