4 tips on getting your kids ready to go back to school

by kimberley Taylor

As you breathe a sigh of relief that home schooling is now coming to an end, it is time to get back to some sort of reality and get our kids back into a routine to finish off the school year. Here are some helpful tips on getting your kids ready to go back to school!

Sleep

Although it has been nice to have a slow start to the mornings and a more casual approach to bed time, it is important to reset your routine and reintroduce an earlier bed time and a regular waking time. Children aged 5-11 years, need 9-11 hours sleep a night.

If your child is getting a good nights sleep, they will be more settled, happy and ready to start their school day. It also allows them to concentrate, regulate emotions & behave well, which allows them to learn well.

In addition to this, getting enough sleep strengthens your child’s immune system and reduces the risk of infection.Here are some tips to help with a better night sleep:

  • Turn screens off by 5pm at the latest to wind down for the night.
  • Bath time with Epsom Salts & 1 drop of lavender essential oil. Our PHD Relax Therapeutic Bath Soak are also a great sleeping tool to relax muscles and provide a sleep cue to children.
  • PHD Inner Peace tea can help relax the mind and prepare their bodies for bed time.

Back to school worries:

The first days back at school might bring on some tears and anxiety. Here are some tips to help avoid the tears at drop off.

  • Talk to them about their worries. By asking them how they are feeling & talking through their concerns helps reassure them. Reminding them of all the good things they have to look forward to going back to school – seeing their friends, seeing their teacher again, playing sport at lunchtime, or what ever it is they like doing at school.
  • Try the uniform on! Make sure everything still fits! It might have been a while since your kids have been in their uniform, so ensuring they feel comfortable and that it fits will help them feel more relaxed!
  • Wrenn & Co 3+ Junior Big Cuddle – Herbal Stress Tonic – a natural & homeopathic tonic created to give a Big Cuddle for your child when stress, nervousness or overwhelming emotions are getting the better of them. Great in times of change!

Healthy lunchbox with enough food:

Being home schooled, kids have had endless access to the pantry and fridge all day long! So it is important that you fill their lunchbox with enough food to last them throughout the day. Here are some lunchbox tips:
  • Protein is really important for concentration, development & maintaining healthy blood sugar. Some lunchbox ideas might include; boiled eggs, zucchini slice, shredded meats, roasted chickpeas snacks, nut free bliss balls with tahini and dates, hummus drip with veggie sticks.
  • Rainbow fruits & veggies – for antioxidants & energy. Add lots of fruit & veggies, the more colour, the more appealing to the eye and they are more likely to eat.

Overall, make sure there is enough food. I am sure every mum out there has been preparing multiple meals a day for our home school kids.

Protecting their immune health:

The past year has been about distancing and over sanitisation. Kids haven’t had that exposure to build up their immunity, so would have more compromised immune systems. Here are some tops on how to protect their immune health:

  • Remind them about washing hands and sneezing into their elbow.
  • Face Masks – for those that need to now wear masks at school, it may be worth spending an hour here and there on how to use it when out of the house.
  • Supplements – there are various supplements we can recommend for children to protect their immune system which include; Vitamin D, Cod Liver, Echinacea, Probiotics & over the counter Immune Boosting drops

 

If you’re looking for some support on protecting your child’s immune health, chat with one of our Naturopaths or book in consult with Naturopath Kimberley. We will have a Kids Immune Pack coming in the next week or so, so keep your eyes peeled on our socials.