Back to School Tips to Overcome Nerves
1. Avoid Confusing Your Own Feelings with Your Child’s
Many of us will instantly be transported back to our own school days as soon as we catch sight of our little ones dressed up in a smart uniform.
It’s often the case that bad experiences get remembered more keenly than good ones, so do put your memories into perspective – and remember, most of today’s schools are like holiday camps compared to those of 30 years ago. It’s very likely your child will be having much more fun than you ever did.
So do try to manage your emotions – stay calm, take deep breaths and keep conversations light-hearted.
2. Get a Good Bedtime Routine in Place
Your usual bedtime routines will have relaxed over the summer holidays, so start moving bedtimes a bit earlier each night for a week before the first day if possible. And once you’re back at school, it’s time to get firm.
Too many parents tell me they struggle to get their kids into bed, but the more confident you can be about the rules, the more likely your children are to do as they’re told. Being ‘firm’ doesn’t have to be ‘mean’. You can still be the sweetest, loveliest, cuddliest parent in the world – it’s just rules are rules.
Your children will be happier feeling that someone’s ‘in charge’ and will probably surprise you by doing just as you ask them to.