Settling back in
We are living in very unusual times and going back to school will be a big change for you both. It’s natural for you to worry about things - like will they need to catch up with their learning, or how your child will adjust to having homework again, but try not to worry too much at the start. The wellbeing of your child will be their school’s number one priority as they reopen. This will help to support your child’s emotional needs, including any stresses they have as they settle back into school life.
You can find more advice about children’s mental health and worry about returning to school, here.
Take time out
It’s really important for both you and your child to have time to enjoy together. Evenings and weekends are a good time to take their minds off school stresses through playing, relaxing and exercising. There will be times when you and your wee one are struggling with the back-to-school change. When that happens, try to stop and do something fun.
This will all be as strange to them as it is to you. Make sure and reassure them and let them know they’re doing great settling back into school life! Try not to get caught up in worrying about marks on school work right now. Instead, make sure you are pointing out all their hard work and be there to talk to if they have any worries.
If you have family or friends that live close to you, why not meet for a walk in the park? Just remember to follow the physical distance and hygiene guidance. This can be a good chance for you all to chat about how you’re all coping with going back to school, and you’ll likely feel reassured that you have similar feelings. But most importantly, it’s an opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself. For information on the latest guidance around meeting up with other households visit our section on changing restrictions.