It’s back to school time and children have had at least 6 weeks off, and very likely many months off due to the pandemic
If your little one has been having long days at home, it’s easy to assume they’ll be able to cope with the transition back to school easily. But the school environment may be very different to what they’ve been up to at home, with it typically being much more learning-based and with no Netflix to break up their day (and give you a break!). There’s also the added bonus of being with old friends again, or making new friends and all of this can really take its toll. They will be mentally and emotionally tired!
Here are 3 tips to help counter tiredness upon restarting school:
- Early nights- Why not bring bedtime forward? Anything up to an hour is achievable. Use your child as a guide and keep an eye out for potential sleepy signs and you’ll know when they are ready for bed (even if they don’t want it!)
- After school/ nursery snooze- Some children may be able to have an after school/nursery snooze and be okay by bedtime, but you know your child best! If you know they'll then struggle to settle at bedtime, at least try and add in plenty of down time/ quiet activities so they aren't kept super busy all day!
- Allow a weekend nap- Like the after-school snooze, a weekend nap is also okay. Let them catchup and recharge their batteries. This will prevent other issues such as overtiredness which can then lead to bedtime battles, night wakings or early risings. It may even be worth planning a car journey for the weekend in order to incorporate a sleep