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Back to School Tips For Parents

Port Macquarie
26 Jan 2019

Back to School Tips For Families

Christmas Day is now a distant memory, new years has been and gone, and as the school holidays are coming to an end, we know that emotions may be heightened at the thought of school returning, especially for those students starting high school.

Moving in to year 7 is a significant step in a young person’s life. It can be exciting and fun, but it can be overwhelming and stressful at times too. Some students will be starting a school that is much larger than their primary school, other students might be leaving behind their friends, but everyone will be navigating unfamiliar territory.

Here are some things you can do to help your young person transition to high school.

Help them be prepared- Use the last week of the school holidays to get back into routine of waking up early and going to bed at a reasonable hour. Have school equipment and school uniforms ready.
 
Listen to their fears- Ask your young person what they are anxious about. Help equip them with tools to address their concern. This could be organising to attend their first day with a friend, coordinating a ‘buddy’ system with an older student or familiarising the school map.

Encourage Positive self-talk- The way we talk to ourselves has a huge impact on our outlook and our motivation on ourselves and our lives. Positive self-talk has the potential to change perspectives, attitudes, and reactions to ourselves, others and the circumstances. This can help increase confidence and reduce stress, and can be a very effective way to prepare for an exam or event.
 
Encourage them to join lunchtime or after school activities- It is a great way to learn new skills and make new friends.
 
Create a space at home- Use this to promote study and help your child to develop a realistic study timetable
 
Learn relaxation techniques together- Encourage them to try breathing techniques to help when they feel things are getting too much. 
 
Healthy eating- a good balanced diet will ensure young people have the essential nutrients needed for their brain to function well helping to keep them both physically and mentally healthy.

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