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Tips for Helping Your Child Return to School After a Long Holiday, Vacation or Illness

Posted In Education, Parenting, Parents, Young - By KidsMug On Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 With 0 Comments

 

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After a long break off from school, whether it is from illness, vacation, or holiday, many students don’t want to return to the classroom. They have enjoyed their time at home or enjoyed being away from school. Whichever the case may be, getting your student to go back to school may prove to be a challenge. Children have stress just like adults. As an adult we need to find out the underlying cause of their “fears”.
Why doesn’t your student want to go back to school? Are there reasons that you might be able to change? What can you do to help your child return to school smoothly?

Most parents have a routine they follow in the morning to get their child to school. You have a certain time your child eats and then rush them off to wash their face, brush their teeth, and comb their hair. You also probably have a night time ritual your child follows to go to bed on a school night. If you had a routine before your child took a break from school, get back into the routine a couple days earlier than the return to school. Let your child know they will be returning to school soon. If children know what to expect they don’t worry or fear it as much as if it is unknown.

If your child is off from school for a long break or a vacation make up a little calendar with how many days your child will be off. Let your child mark one day off the calendar each day. Count with them how many days they have left of their vacation before it is time for them to go to school. They will be able to tell how many days they have before they have to return to school.

Whether your child walks to school, rides a bus, or you drop them off, make sure you leave them as soon as you get to where you usually leave so they don’t start crying and have a chance to convince you otherwise. Give them a quick good bye and don’t stand with them as they try to get on the bus, leave the house, or go into the classroom. Waiting around only causes problems. It gives your student time to act up which is exactly what you are trying to avoid.

Remember if your child is crying or throwing a tantrum because they have to go back to school prolonging the return only makes the problem worse. No one likes to go to school just like no one likes to go to work. Explain this to your child. There are just some things you have to do or you get into trouble for not doing them. Ask your child if he or she wants you to get in trouble for her or him not going to school. Explain truancy to your child if you think that will work.

What ever you do to get your child to go to school doesn’t make you a bad parent because you are coddling them while they cry. That is what is making you a good parent. You can see your child doesn’t want to do what has to be done and you are parenting them. That’s your job even though you don’t want to do it. You may feel lousy as you watch your child cry, just stay tough and go home or where your child can’t see you so you can fall apart.
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