Words by psychotherapist Jane Faulkner
If your family is anything like mine, your school routine will be out the window, you will all be a little holiday feral and the thought of school being just 2 weeks away will make your stomach tighten.
It’s funny how at the beginning of the holidays I always think- what am I going to do with them for 8 weeks? However, now that the holidays are ending I love how relaxed and easy life has become.
The New Year is always exciting and for some kids, overwhelming and anxiety provoking, so here are some tips to support all of you through the transition back to school.
Boundaries, structure and planning ahead sounds very un-glamorous, however, when kids know what is happening and what is expected of them it helps them to feel safe. Having everything sorted and ready for school also means you can take these last few weeks to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Remember that this is a big transition for every kid. They are going into a higher year level, they may worry about not having any friends in their class, about whether they will like their new teacher, they may have reservations about the difficulty of the school work.
For some kids it’s a whole new school, or they are repeating a year or it’s their very first year at school.
So be gentle, kind and wise – make any talk of school encouraging and positive without being over the top or un-realistic. Try not to put any expectations on them, most kids are great at doing this for themselves! Remind them that you are there for them no matter what and that they can always talk to you if they are worried or upset. Also remind them that school isn’t everything, they have friends, family and neighbours outside of school.
All the very best for the start of the school year.
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Jane Faulkner is a Reg. Nurse with a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy, a certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy and A Certificate in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy; she is also a yoga teacher. Jane works in private practice as well as in a local health retreat. She has worked in the Wellness industry for the past 20 years. Connect with Jane HERE.
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