Going back to school after the holidays
After weeks of school holidays and playing, it can be challenging for children to go back to school. In fact, at back to school time children may feel:
- stressed or anxious
- excited about seeing friends again
- enthused about getting new stationery or covering books
- sad or upset that holidays are now over
- pressured by what their teacher, parents or friends expect of them
- physically sick with stress, including headaches or migraines
- concerned about work load and keeping up with school work and curriculum.
Children of all ages have different experiences of going back to school , and parents should tune in to work out how their children are coping and what they are feeling.
For example, it;s not uncommon that children past the first year of school find it difficult to sleep the night before school returns after a holiday break.
It is also possible that some children worry about going back to school because they have been bullied and are concerned it might continue once school resumes.
Building your child's sense of resilience can be one way to help them tackle any back to school challenges.
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This article was written by Alex Brooks for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading parenting education resource from sources including Reach Out