Christmas is over and it’s time to go back to school. Without a doubt, it is a complicated stage that, if not managed properly, can lead to adaptation problems in children or even a school phobia itself. In fact, some children are sad, listless, irritable or even report neurovegetative symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches.
It is perfectly understandable that after having lived a few days of school break where they were allowed to go to bed later, eat late and spend the whole day playing, going back to school is difficult since it implies returning to a routine with stricter rules, many of which are not funny. How to face this transition in the least traumatic way possible?
Adapt the routine before returning to school
Ideally, each time the child goes on vacation, you adapt the routine the days before going back to school. In this way the change will be less abrupt and the transition will be much smoother. It’s not about waking him up as early as if he had to go to school, but don’t let him sleep late because the goal is that the first day of school he doesn’t linger too long. In the same way, it is convenient that you dedicate at least half an hour to review the school contents, although it is not a matter of assigning tasks but of looking for fun activities that allow to refresh some of the subjects.
Keep the fun going for a few days after entering school
Asking your child to drastically change his routine is like asking the elm for pears. Instead, try to keep some activities fun even after school has started. For example, you can continue taking him to the playground, schedule a movie out or prepare a special dinner at home. It’s about maintaining that Christmas spirit for a few more days, until the child is completely used to his new routine.
Set a positive example
Children learn a lot by imitation, constantly scanning your attitudes, taking notes and then reproducing them. That means that if you complain because you have to go back to work, the child will also complain because he has to go back to school.
Create positive partnerships with the school
Children often resist going back to school because they remember only negative events. For example, they remember that they have to get up very early or that they have to do their homework when they return home, instead of playing with the toys that the Magi have brought them. In that case, it is the parents’ mission to highlight the positive aspects of the school, such as the fact that they will be able to see their friends again and play with them, that they will be able to resume sports training or that they will learn new things about their favorite subject.
Help you focus
Perhaps the child was already capable of doing homework alone but it is convenient that after a break period, you help him to focus. You can sit next to him and help him with his homework or review it after he’s finished. You may also need to remind them, but do so without adding too much pressure. For example, you can tell him that you allow him to play another 10 minutes but then he will have to sit down to do his homework.