During Christmas Break, I love listening to Christmas music, and one of my favorite lines from a Christmas song is, "And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!" I laugh whenever I hear this song because Christmas is such an exciting time for kids and families, but it is also busy and exhausting. Kids often come back to school exhausted and unused to going to bed early and waking up early, which can lead to difficulties at school.
One of our most important jobs as parents is getting our kids back into that structured routine of getting homework done and getting to bed on time so that they can function in the demands of the school environment. Believe it or not, it's hard to be a kid! There are so many routines and rules to remember at school (raise your hand and wait to be called on, take turns, share materials, go to your locker before class, write down your homework assignments in your agenda, make sure you have the materials you need for your homework assignments), so many difficult social scenarios to navigate (don't grab things, use manners, ignore people who are making strange noises, don't push people who run into you, cover your mouth, be kind to people, should I tell on that kids who's not being nice, etc, etc), and that doesn't even include the actual academic learning!
To help your child navigate all these demands, it's important to help them get back into their regular routine. Kids thrive on structure, so having a set time to do homework, a set bedtime routine, and a set time to go to bed are imperative. If you feel like your child is having difficulty adapting back into a regular school rhythm, please give me a call so that we can figure out how to best support them. Happy New Year!