Summertime has come to an end and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomach aches to sleeping problems 🙂

With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to school.

The question becomes: what can parents do to help their children cope with the physical and emotional stresses associated with the back to school season?

We’d like to share some quick tips we gathered over the years and use in Toronto Hapkido Academy children’s Martial Arts curriculum modules; hopefully it may offer some tips that may be helpful in creating a smooth transition for the back-2-school season.

Tip #1:
Put your child on a healthy sleeping pattern right away!

child-sleep-schoolChildren need at least nine to twelve hours of sleep each night. Children that do not get adequate sleep the night before tend to be groggy, grumpy, and thus have a harder time concentrating in class, not to mention tend to become more sensitive to social disputes.

Sleep also contributes to a healthier immune system.

You can help your child enter each school day with a more energetic and positive approach simply by making sure they get the right amount of sleep each night.

Here’s how to set a healthy sleeping pattern with your children:

  • Establish a set bedtime and wake time for the Weekdays. Make sure that you specify that this time is non-negotiable.

  • Set up some rules for 1 hour prior to bed time. There are many things that can affect how well your children sleep at night. If you set up some ground rules, then you’ll see better sleeping habits:

  • Establish a 20 – 30-minute nightly “calm-down” bedtime routine. The routine should include taking a bath, putting on their pajamas, reading, and other relaxing activities.

    TV viewing at bedtime is not recommended because it may affect your child’s ability to fall asleep.