BACK to school can fill any child with anxiety from the experienced campaigner to the little tykes setting off for their first day of foundation. Getting back into the school routine can seem daunting, which is why we’ve prepared these helpful tips to help get back in the zone:
Re-establish a routine… Consistency is important for kids. Set a routine the whole family can participate in. This could include doing homework, brushing teeth, bath time, and reading before bed. But forget to leave time for those after-school activities that will be starting up soon.
Early to bed, early to rise… A regular school sleep schedule does not happen overnight, and daylight savings can make this even more difficult. With only a few weeks until term one, start implementing an early night now by introducing gentle winding-down activities like reading before bed or bath time to relax your child and transition to earlier bedtimes.
Limit screen time… Back to school is the opportune time to re-establish screen time limits that may have been breached over the holidays. Involve the whole family to unplug in the evenings by choosing a place where everyone charges their device overnight.
Choose the right backpack… Select a backpack made from sturdy, lightweight material with wide, padded straps that will support your child’s shoulders. If too heavy or worn improperly, backpacks can cause headaches, muscle strain and neck pain.
Organise school uniforms… Ensure your child’s school uniform is clean and presentable ahead of time by washing, inspecting and folding clothing items, and polishing and cleaning shoes. If you need to purchase school uniforms, now is the time to do so by contacting local suppliers who can help you find the correct uniform and sizes.