The new school year saddens not only children, but also us - we, too, will have to get up at seven in the morning and become an exemplary parent again! How, after the summer freemen, to return to life “on an alarm clock” and not fall into depression? Here are some tips.
HOLD A HOLIDAY
Celebrate the end of summer. Yes, take it and have a picnic with friends at the end of the first school week: so that there is delicious food, stupid games, and a relaxed mood. You can remember the best moments of the holidays, funny stories and make plans for the autumn holidays.
GO TO SLEEP
Organize a “reboot”: it would be nice to shift the time of bedtime and wake up earlier two weeks before the start of the school year, but since we are already late, at least go to bed early. Tell your child that, for example, in Sweden, decent children go to bed at seven in the evening! Well, sometimes at eight, so for the next week or two you will be playing a decent Swedish family.
TALK ABOUT PLANS
RENEW THE MENU
Announce super breakfast week: no oatmeal or boring sausage sandwiches. Give each task to find a recipe for a delicious and beautiful breakfast and make a list of products that need to be bought for him. Breakfast, of course, take pictures and post it on social networks.
COLLECT THE NEED, THROW OUT THE NEED
Together do a global cleaning in the nursery, throw out old notebooks and textbooks (if you didn’t do it in May) and dried pens and felt-tip pens, clear the desk. Most importantly, do not entrust this global task to a sad schoolboy. Make sure that the place for preparing lessons is equipped, that everything you need is bought, and you will not have to look for contour maps, a protractor and a compass in the very first week of school.
REJOB THE BRAIN
At least a couple of times a day do exercises together to develop attention and concentration. For example, write the names of the colors on a large sheet of paper - but with different felt-tip pens: say, "blue" will be written in orange, and "red" in blue. Now read aloud at first only what is written, then just name the color. Do it quickly and try not to stray! Another exercise: take a felt-tip pen in each hand and draw with both hands at the same time, with one - a circle, the second - a triangle. In one minute, try to draw as many figures as possible: less than five - so-so result, more than ten - excellent!
AND BRAIN A LITTLE MORE
Challenge the whole family to learn and tell the others one interesting fact a day. How much does the liver of a blue whale weigh, what is the smallest country in the world, how easy it is to learn the number "pi" and all that.
MAKE A SCHEDULE
Write or draw your family schedule and hang it in a conspicuous place: getting up and going to school, class schedules and circles, plans for the month. Visibility will help you come to terms with the fact that life will again flow according to schedule.
HOW I SPENT THE SUMMER
Discuss in advance with your child what he will be able to tell his classmates when he meets them. Was with your grandmother in the village? Did you swim with dad to the buoys and get stung by a huge jellyfish? Learned to make a wheel or ride a bike without hands? This will help to avoid the awkwardness of the first minutes and raise his self-esteem.
DO NOT whine
Children take an example from us and easily “read” our mood. Try not to moan that early rises spoil your life, do not complain about traffic jams and crises, do not be sad about the past summer. Coming home from work, do not collapse on the couch with a tablet and do not stick to the phone. Instead, play board games, dance, or go for a walk before bed.
SECRET DRESS CODE
If it is customary to go to your school in uniform, add to the standard “business style” of the child a not too noticeable detail for mood - bright funny socks, a badge received by the child in the camp for accurate archery, or dye one strand of hair in a more cheerful color.
15 MINUTES A DAY
Make sure you set aside at least 15 minutes a day for your personal interaction with each of your children. You can discuss the day's events, tell each other how you were when you were little, or simply return to the tradition of reading a bedtime book. The book, of course, should be chosen more interesting, and during the day it should be hidden more securely!