The semester break ends on Monday, February 15th. While some children are excitedly waiting for the schools to open, others may develop anxiety.
The semester break ends on Monday, February 15th. While some children are excitedly waiting for the schools to open, others may develop anxiety. Expressing that each child can take a different approach to events, experts advise parents to try to understand the feelings of their children without rejecting them. Experts emphasize that children should not be burdened with too much responsibility and should not be pressured to sleep early.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Ayşe Şahin, from Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital, touched on the difficulties that children may experience in re-adapting to school as the semester break ends and gave important advice to parents.
Every child has a different approach to things
Stressing that each child has a different approach and temperament to events, Clinical Psychologist Ayşe Şahin said, “Children, just like adults, may exhibit different reactions and behaviors in the face of events. Some children welcome the end of the semester break with excitement and consider it a process in which they meet their longing friends and teachers. For some children, this process can be very worrying. "Anxiety about achievement in lessons, fear of not adapting to routine, repetition of past negativities may occur in children."
Try to understand children's emotions without rejecting them
Clinical psychologist Ayşe Şahin stated that expressions such as 'What is there to make you so big ?, You have nothing to fear, you are exaggerating' will cause the child to feel unrecognized and said, “Children should be given the opportunity to express themselves, and speeches should be made that encourage them to reveal their feelings and thoughts. The child's concerns should be understood and a comforting attitude should be displayed ”.
Don't panic about your sleep patterns
"It is quite normal for a child to have some changes in his sleep pattern during his 3-week vacation period," Şahin said.
“Don't try to change this scheme at once. Pressing the child to sleep early can disrupt the child's relationship with his family and increase his anxiety levels further. A child who gets up early to attend classes will want to go to bed earlier on the day he wakes up, even if he went to bed late the day before. Be patient for sleep to turn into a need. "
Child should not be burdened with too much responsibility
Underlining that children should not be burdened with too much responsibility in the first days of school, Şahin said, “It will be healthier for children to gradually increase the responsibilities in the transition from the holiday period to the school period. "The sudden overload of responsibility by the family or school may cause the child to have difficulties in this transition."
Motivation can be increased with school shopping
Stating that buying school equipment together with the child can increase their motivation before the lessons start, Şahin said, “The colored pencils with the lesson tools and equipment with their favorite heroes can make the child wait for the school with a preparation that they will enjoy”.