3 Top Tips on How to Help School Age Kids Relax

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How to relax this term.  Most of the UK has now settled back into the school routine.  The summer holidays seem like a distant memory and the end of the term seems a long way off.  But how many families are now in the mid-term doldrums?

The school routine is usually now established even if it has been a struggle for the first few days/weeks.  For the younger ones, this can still be a bit of a shock to the system especially as it dawns on them that they cannot just ‘not go into school’ because they don’t want to or don’t feel like it.

The mornings and evenings are getting darker sooner (Northern Hemisphere) and the weekends can be a round of getting things ready for Monday morning rather than relaxing and taking time to recharge those batteries.

For the younger ones, this can still be a bit of a shock to the system especially as it dawns on them that they cannot just ‘not go into school’ because they don’t want to or don’t feel like it.  The mornings and evenings are getting darker sooner (Northern Hemisphere) and the weekends can be a round of getting things ready for Monday morning rather than relaxing and taking time to recharge those batteries.

I don’t know about your household but mine is prone to coughs, colds and sneezes as well as feeling lethargic and generally our get up and go has got up and run for the hills!  All they want to do is eat or sleep and I must admit I feel exhausted too!

SO here are my top 3 tips to help your youngster relax and rest until the end of term break:

TOP TIP – BREAKFAST

Have a good breakfast – even if it is just cereal and a warm drink.  I tend to add berries or nuts & honey to our cereal or porridge in the mornings to give us an added boost.  Drinking a glass of fresh juice helps wake up the digestive system and give your system a natural sugar hit, as well as a shot of vitamin C.

Occasionally, have a change of breakfast to a cooked one – poached eggs on toast or even a full cooked breakfast can help kick-start the system as well as keeping children’s energy levels boosted until lunchtime.

TOP TIP – REST

This is particularly aimed at the older children and teenagers.  They are growing quickly and usually, school is packed with lessons, clubs, out of school activities and homework or study time.  Sometimes a real review of the activities they are doing is needed.

I am an advocate of sports and similar activities for children but when each night (or morning) is spent being physically active there will come a time when exhaustion makes the child stop.  This is usually through an ongoing illness or injury.  Also make sure bedtime is just that, not an excuse to go on the computer, watch TV or use the latest technology.

The easiest way is to ban chargers from rooms, make sure ‘tech’ is left downstairs and that TV’s are switched off (if not removed from bedrooms altogether).

TOP TIP – FUN

Now I know that I have said cut down on activities in tip 2 but having fun does not have to be solely a very physical activity.  Going out for a walk, watching a film together, reading books (not school books) even telling each other funny stories and jokes.

All of these things can lift people’s spirits, bring you together as a family and ultimately make you feel happier inside.  It also helps everyone to reconnect as a family and strengthen those bonds too.

 

So there you have it my top 3 tips to surviving until the end of the term.  Obviously, if your children or you are unwell then I suggest that you seek proper medical advice too and do not just assume that it is the first term blues.

This was first published in 2014 and has recently been updated.

 

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32 Responses
  1. Totally agree, especially on the sleep part. It’s so tempting to let our boys stay up a bit later sometimes as a ‘treat’ – but that turns out not to be much of a treat at all as they struggle so much the next day. Great article.

  2. Im not sure if its because Im a new parent or not but in my head I was applying all those tips to myself. I was transfixed on the word sleep. I know Ive seen that word before but need to go and look it up.

    1. Helen

      Oh Ryan – I really feel for you. Being a new parent is tough BUT it does get better – one day at a time and remember to keep saying ‘this too will pass’

  3. Great tips. Mine used to wake up late and then breakfast would become brunch and lunch never happened and dinner was also early. The routine seemed to have gone and I was always happy for them to go back to school.

    1. Helen

      Oh hope you all feel a little better soon! Vitamin C is very good at helping fight bugs etc. Watch out for our Guest Blogger coming soon with lots of useful hints and tips on how to survive these Autumn/Winter Months.

  4. I’m a terrible one for skipping breakfast, I used to have a great routine of eggs or spinach smoothie but recently that has gone out the window and replaced by coffee. Tie to set a new routine! x

  5. I usually just let them get on with getting their own breakfasts but I think I’ll make them a cooked one tomorrow for a nice change 🙂 We don’t allow tvs or computers/tablets etc in their bedrooms but for some reason bedtime seems to be getting later and later. Aiden used to be in bed by 7.30 every night. He’s 14 now so 9pm is the norm but the girls (7 and 9) are never in bed by 7.30. It’s getting more like 9pm for them as well. I think we need to be more organised in the evening as Ella keeps getting up saying she’s really tired and wants more sleep.

    1. Helen

      Bedtimes are a struggle here too. Daughter is so tired after school that she has started to nap again in the afternoon which has a knock on effect at bedtime.

  6. You are spot on. I try to tell my preteen and teen that the lack of sleep and them running out my house without a balanced breakfast is what’s sucking the life out of them while in school. They will learn

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