Back to School Tips

The holidays are over and the kids are going back to school! Starting a new term is exciting, with different teachers and topics, new friends and opportunities.

A new term is a fresh start, but there is no denying that going back to school after a break can be a worrying and stressful time for both parents and children alike. With 1 in 5  children experiencing 'school phobia' at some point during their school days, sometimes you may need a little extra help to get you both through the week and reduce stress.

Neil Shah, founder of The Stress Management Society has teamed up with RESCUE to give our best 5 back to school ideas for staying on top of busy days.

1. Get Enough Sleep 

Sleep is essential for the body to function properly and children need more sleep than most people realise. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school aged children get an average of 9-11 hours of sleep a night. 

You can support your children with their sleep by setting a regular bedtime and starting to wind things down in your home 30 minutes before that. This way you will ensure that your children get enough sleep and arrive at school refreshed and ready to learn. Click here to see our restfulness tips

2. Plan For the Week Ahead

The key to a smoothly running week lies in careful planning. Managing children, drop offs and pick ups, school bags, packed lunches, after school activities and meal preparation requires a carefully planned routine. 

The key is to make sure that you are organized at the beginning of the week. Make sure you have all the school supplies you need well in advance. Try creating a visual schedule and keep it on a white board so the whole family can see. This will ensure that everybody is informed about the plans for the week and knows where they need to be and when.

3. Establish a routine

Set a breakfast and morning routine that works for everyone. This may mean setting out plates and planning breakfast the night before, or it may mean getting up a few minutes earlier to help ease morning stress and make getting out of the door that little bit easier. Trying to make mornings calm and being enthusiastic about what’s planned for the day will help your children to feel positive about the busy day ahead.

4. Eat Breakfast

It really is true what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast kick starts the metabolism and sets your energy levels for the entire morning. Your children will need lots of energy for the long school day, so make sure you all get up in time to have a healthy nutritious breakfast. Try to include some complex carbohydrates that will provide a steady supply of energy throughout the day such as whole grain cereals or wholemeal toast. 

5. Book in unscheduled time

Be careful not to fall in to the trap of over-scheduling. Children’s daily routines can be really busy with homework and extra-curricular activities like swimming, dance classes and judo, but it is important to also ensure that children have the chance to rest, play and spend quality time with the whole family. 

Find out more about tips to manage your time better.


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