School semester has already started. Many children are excited to see their friends after a long summer break. The ones who started the school for the first time are also excited about growing up and having their own social environment. However, do you feel that this isn’t the case for your child? Are they having trouble getting used to the school routine? Or do you sense that he/she is still not comfortable? Then you must read this article to find out what you can do to get them used to the school.
At the beginning of the semester, it is quite normal for your child to stress a bit after a long, free summer. However, if this is the first semester at school, parents usually worry more about questions like “Is my child going to like school?” or “Will he/she follow the rules?” For the parents whose children already started school but had troubles before, the question is if the same problems will happen again. For the parents of children who like school, the issue is a bit easier and less stressful, however, the transition from the summer break to school routine discipline can still be compelling.
What should parents pay attention?
Beginning of school means decreasing play time, obligation of study regularly, new tasks, waking up early for children. For the parents, it means following academic curriculum of children, being sure that they don’t miss classes, taking them school and extra-curricular activities and supporting their hobbies. For both sides, school brings lots of new responsibilities.
Things to do to help adjust your child to school
For children who started school and having trouble to fit in the routine, these are what you can do:
- Go to bed with them every night and tell short bed-time stories. This would make it easier for you to convince them sleep early.
- Go stationary shopping together and buy them things they like. Or better, make them together. You can find DIY examples of funny pencil cases, notebook covers and have some creative time with your child.
- Arrange the place that they will study and decorate it together. Let them be involved to the process, this will increase their enthusiasm to study.
- Visit school and meet their teacher. It is essential for understanding if the trouble because of a temporary reason, or more serious one. Pay attention their relationship with their classmates. The problem might be them, not the classes.
- Limit the time with electronics. Electronics, such as tablets, smart phones, TV, reduces concentration for study. You can also allow your child to use electronics only after finishing homework. Of course, don’t forget to check if it’s done correctly.
- Talk to them. Tell them your own fun stories about school. Ask each day how their day was at school, who their favorite classmate is, what classes they enjoyed the most. If you sense they are having trouble with some issue, you can try to make up a similar story “that happened to you before” and finish it with a happy ending. This would help them to gain another perspective.
- Don’t be over protective over them. Let them choose their own friends, protect their rights, be sharing with their friends. Dealing with problems on their own would increase their self-confidence.
- Never compare them to their friends or siblings. Each child is different.
Besides all these advices, what parents should consider is that children need time to get used to school. Parents should be patient, calm, consistent and supportive.