Back to School Special!!!

Is it the start of a new school year already, where does the time go? It's a special time of the year for children. New school bags are just waiting to be shown off, the competition for the coolest pencil case begins, children pose for pictures proudly showing off their shiny new school shoes and pristine school uniform with not a grass stain in sight. It's a momentous occasion for grown ups too, for some it's the first time dropping off their little ones, will they go in without a fuss or will they cling desperately to your legs begging you not to leave them and the big question is, which reaction do you secretly want?! For other grown ups they are just as giddy as their children, after six long weeks of summer it's a relief to be dropping them off so they can finally get a moment to themselves. Going back to school truly is a momentous and memorable occasion for all involved, regardless of your age.

Online Support for Kids going back to School

How happy was your child to go back to school?

We hope that your child has skipped back into school with a smile on their face, but we know that this might not be the case for every family. After the long summer holiday, it takes some children a bit longer than others to get back into the routine of going to school every day. This year, it might be even more difficult as the children have had such a disrupted school life since the start of Lockdown. 

  • Does your child seem more anxious than usual?
  • Are they reluctant to go to school? 
  • Are you worried that they have fallen behind their peers academically? 
How to help children scared of going back to school

If you answer yes to any of these questions, don’t worry, you are not alone. The important thing is that you act now to help your child. Here is our advice for helping children settle back into school with a smile on their faces: 

 

  • Talk about the positives: ask your child what they have enjoyed at school that day so that they focus on the positives. Share your own positives from your day so that they hear you being positive too.
  • Practise Mindful Breathing: help your child to stay calm by teaching them to breathe mindfully. This video is great for introducing Mindful breathing to young children: 

Click here for a mindfulness breathing video for Children

  • Make most evenings and weekends as calm as possible so that your child has time to relax (they will be exhausted after a few weeks back!) 
  • Plan time for closeness - make sure that every day you have time to talk to your child, reassure them, hug them (hugging or a gentle back or hand massage has a great calming effect for children who like to be hugged and touched) 
  • Read every day - make time for a bedtime story, the more words a child hears, the more words they are able to use for themselves. The most important skill a child needs to learn in the first years at school is how to read. It enables them to access every other part of the curriculum more easily. If you are concerned about your child’s reading, contact us about our Magic of Books intervention programme. 
  • Encourage your child to write down their worries and then discuss together how you can overcome them - maybe they need to see some classmates at the weekend to restore their friendships, perhaps they lack confidence in a certain subject and might need your help to do a bit of extra practise at home 
  • Remind your child that you love them, you are proud of them, and that everyone feels worried at times - they are completely normal! 

Here are some brilliant books that can help your child:

Title Author Suitable for
Ruby’s Worry Tom Percival  Age 3-6 
Sitting Like a Frog Activity Book Eline Snel Age 4-8
I am stronger than anxiety Elizabeth Cole Age 4-8
Find Your Calm Gaby Garcia Age 5-9
How to deal with Child anxiety
Support for parents with kids going back to school
Title Author Suitable for
Mindful Kids (Collection of Books) Dr Share Coombes, Stephanie Clarkson Age 8+ 
Happy Confident Me Journal Nadim Saad Age 8+
You are a Champion Marcus Rashford Age 10+
Blame my Brain: The amazing teenage brain revealed Nicola Morgan Age 12+
How to deal with Teenagers
How to help my child feel more confident

If you are worried about your child’s well-being, get in touch for more information about our Magic of Mindfulness programme. 

We write a new blog each month and would love to include information and guidance that helps you the most. So, if you have any requests or want advice or additional support for you or your child/children, please send us an email to bookings@magic4children.co.uk, and we’ll do our best to help. 

We’ll leave you with this positive thought for the day: 

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

- The Magic 4 Children Team