School is only weeks away so keep in touch us­ing th­ese sub­tle tips…

Bray People - - BACK TO SCHOOL -

IT might only seems like yes­ter­day that kids just fin­ished school for an­other term. That’s how quickly sum­mer time can drift when you’re hav­ing fun. It’s now just a mat­ter of weeks un­til the school bell starts ring­ing again. Okay, so it sounds a bit un­fair to talk about school prepa­ra­tion in what is still tech­ni­cally the height of sum­mer. But while kids are en­ti­tled to a break from the class­room it doesn’t mean their minds need stray too far from nor­mal­ity as rou­tine is vi­tal to us all.

We all base our lives around the con­cept of work, rest and play which is a kin­der term for con­stant pre­pared­ness! But even school hol­i­days should serve as a step­ping stone for adult life in that kids should keep their minds ac­tive dur­ing mo­ments of leisure which is why it’s no harm to start talk­ing to kids now about re­turn­ing to school as this will help ready them, even if they don’t show too much en­thu­si­asm.

Just en­cour­age them to read a lit­tle more, ask what they are most look­ing for­ward to study­ing when they re­turn to school, en­cour­age them to get up early a few morn­ings dur­ing the hol­i­days to par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties, make sure they stay in touch with school friends, and keep ac­tive. All of the above are forms of sub­tle prepa­ra­tion for when school days re­turn.

You can even ar­range for your child to meet with new teach­ers be­fore term starts if you sense your child is feel­ing un­ease. But while school should be out for sum­mer, it needn’t be out of sight com­pletely. Keep chil­dren in touch through ways they don’t even no­tice and come late Au­gust it’ll be a lot eas­ier than you imag­ined. Lessen the shock of start­ing school for kids. It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion.

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