I hope you had a restful half term break and you managed to spend time with those nearest and dearest. After a crazy couple of months, a week away to reset was most welcome I am sure.
Over the next few months many of your children will be making and securing Options, focusing on end of year exams and thinking about the future. I suspect you parents out there with children in Year 9 upwards will also be shouldering some of this angst. There may also be families who will be moving on and the organisation this entails should never be underestimated. It can be a challenging time, with emotions running high, inevitable tears and a few disappointments – so arm yourselves with tools to help support your children but also help you remain sane!
My top tips to guide you through the next few months:
- Eat Well – as much as your children (and you possibly at times) crave a fast food take-away, don’t succumb too often. Wholesome, nutritious food will feed the body, bringing energy and healing, restoration and growth. Keeping the body healthy from the inside is always worth investing in.
- Encourage an Active Lifestyle – Sadly, I see the demise of exercise happen around this time every year. Some parents feel that stopping ASA’s and recreational leisure time will free up time for more study – well yes, it will but BEWARE! It will also be detrimental to their health and well-being. Instead, encourage daily exercise and dare I say join them!
- Sleep – we all love sleep, our body craves it, needs it to replenish… if sleep is absent our chances of focusing, being attentive, being productive diminish. These 8 or 9 hours matter. Don’t encourage all nighters or cramming, whilst it may seem a good idea, it never is!
- Laugh – laugh lots, together! It’s a great tonic and feeds your well-being.
- Schedules – I love a list which can be annoying to some (mostly my husband) but at times like these they are crucial to a balanced life. Having a schedule that is flexible in parts enables students to feel in control and it keeps parents happy and satisfied!
We are always here if the going gets tough so please reach out and let us know if you need anything. My suggestion would be shower your kids with love, good food, time and space to be able to have a balanced life and make sure they get to bed at a decent time. It’s important your children feel home is a safe haven if they have had a challenging day at school.
Have a lovely weekend, stay safe, spend time with your kids and cherish those moments of laughter around the dinner table 🙂