As the end of the holidays approaches, there are lots of things you can do to help your teen get back into the school routine. Here are our top back to school tips!
Ease back in to the school routine
School holidays are a great time to take a break from the routine and just relax – stay up later, sleep in and do nothing for a while! But it can take a bit of time for teens to get back into the school routine at the end of the holidays! In the week leading up to start of school, encourage your teen to go to bed a little earlier and to get up a little earlier in the mornings. This way, when the alarm goes to get up for school on the first day of term, it won’t be as much of a shock to the system!
Get the gear
Before school starts, it’s a good idea to make sure your teen has all of the things they will need. Think about replacing stationery items, buying the right books and making sure their school uniform and shoes still fit. Try to get this all organised in advance – that way, if you do need to buy new items of clothing, you’ll have time to get it done before school starts, rather than finding out at the very last minute! Encourage your teen to take responsibility for their belongings by labelling all of their school supplies – uniforms, books, stationery and bags.
Get back to healthy eating
During the holidays we often indulge in a few more treats than normal, so try to get back into eating nutritious, healthy meals to give your teen the energy they will need to concentrate all day at school. Teens will often skip breakfast, so try to have some easy breakfast options that they can eat on-the-go – fruit, yoghurt and whole grain cereals are good options. Try to make sure you have a good stash of healthy snacks on hand, like veggie sticks and hummus, to keep your teen going throughout the day.
Set some goals
You may want to encourage your teen to set some goals for the year or term ahead. Perhaps they want to improve their essay writing skills, or achieve a higher grade in a subject they have been struggling with. You could also encourage your teen to write down some steps they will take to try to achieve that goal – perhaps being more consistent with their homework, or taking the time to ask questions of the teacher at the end of class. Writing these goals down will help them to stay motivated. You can also support your teen to achieve these goals by checking in on their progress and encouraging them to keep working hard.