The children’s return to school certainly puts an end to the holidays. Because until they go back to school, families have more flexible schedules and we get away, parents and grandparents in a special way, so that even without being in a summer resort, children and teenagers can enjoy the holidays until the last moment .
However, the return is not always easy and some minors suffer in a special way with this return to the routine and the return to the classrooms. Some do not want to go to school at all, and even somatize it with stomachaches or difficulty sleeping, which makes them more tired in the morning. Others are particularly shy, fearful, nervous, apprehensive or distracted, which can lead to problems with attention and concentration. All the symptoms associated with anxiety can also be manifested in the group of minors who find it more difficult to return to the routine: “They feel that their heart is beating very fast, they have difficulty breathing, sweat, stiffness, headache and dizziness and it is difficult for them to overcome the attachment or dependence of adults”, explains Dr. Pomba Liñares, psychiatrist and pediatrician of the Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry of the Ribera Povisa Hospital (Vigo). In the case of teenagers, for example, they show more isolation and distance from the family and the environment closest to the classrooms.
We spoke with several specialists in Mental Health from the hospitals of the Ribera health group to give us the ten basics to facilitate this return to school and help our children start the new year with joy, confidence and peace of mind. Dr. Maria Victoria Rodríguez Noguera, psychiatrist at the Child and Youth Unit of Vinalopó University Hospital, assures that it is very important that “parents show a calm and non-anxious attitude about their children starting classes, despite seeing that their children are having a hard time going to class”. For Nuria Lázaro, specialist nurse of the Child and Youth Mental Health Unit of the University Hospital of Torrejón, “there is no parenting manual or instructions on how to calm every child.” According to his opinion, each parent has developed a unique knowledge, to be able not to lose his temper and reassure him in situations of these characteristics, which are part of a normal life. But there are some basic rules that undoubtedly help to overcome the bad trance that for some less this round means.
Tips to help our children back to school
- Provide a safe environment for our children
- Calm down, listen and a lot of patience
- Pay attention to them when they speak and when they act, without being judgmental
- Put us in their place. Their challenges and fears are not, logically, those of an adult
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet, which includes at least 5 meals a day
- Get a good night’s rest, with 8 hours of sleep guaranteed
- Promote physical activity. Ideally, they integrate it into the routine from an early age. It helps concentration and organization of time.
- Help them plan tasks and activities well, leaving time each day for leisure and free time.
- Accompany them, at least on the first day of class, except in the case of teenagers, who generally prefer to go alone or with friends
- Teach them strategies to help them deal with the anxiety that sometimes comes with academics or social relationships, how to organize time and materials, and how to relax under stressful conditions.
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