September 10, 2021

Helping your child deal with Back to School Blues

Back-to-school-blues is never pleasant. Not for your child and certainly not for you as a parent! Trying to persuade a child to get ready for school when it’s the last thing they want to do is not easy.


A long holiday is a wonderful thing but it also means that children slip out of the habit of school and too many late nights contribute to a feeling of general discontent when it comes time to get back on the horse! Here are some tips to help your child deal with back-to-school-blues.

Don’t let the bad habits form


By bad habits, we mean those holiday-time routines of late bedtimes and no academic study. While it’s true that children need to have a break, it’s also a bad idea to completely end the good habits.


Encourage sensible bedtimes throughout the holidays and a little time daily dedicated to study. Music practice should be kept up – reading and writing too. This way, the back to school experience will feel less overwhelming.


Talk to your child about their worries


If your child is expressing a reluctance to return to school, make sure that you give them the opportunity to talk about their feelings. Ask open-ended questions rather than questions which will garner a yes or no answer.


Lots of children will gradually cheer up as they become used to the routine of school again but if yours is still struggling midway through term, then it might be a good idea to discuss the issue with their teachers.


Your child’s teachers will be able to shed a different light on any difficulties your child may be having during their school day. This senior school in Cambridge ensures pupils understand that staff are there to support them in any difficulties they may be having.


This is a vital component of any good school, talk to your child about the support they can access at school, it’s sometimes easier for young people to talk to non-family members about their troubles.

Thanks for reading xxx





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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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