Back-to-school time can be a mix of emotions for a lot of kids - while excited about meeting new people or going back to their friends, this excitment can be dampened by their fear of challenging work or teachers they don’t like. Unfortunately, all this worry can keep your little one up at night.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to make your little one have a good night's sleep.
Understand their concerns
Talk to your little one about their concerns. For many kids, it is simply the fear of not knowing who their teacher will be or the amount of work they will get. Finding out the root cause of their fear will mean you can better handle the situation by offering the right advice and helping to create a proper perspective on the issue.
Leave fear outside the bedroom by writing notes
Worries and concerns can even leave the strongest of adults awake at night and, unfortunately, as nothing can really be done until morning your little one may struggle to get any sleep at all. To help them leave their fears behind or at least until morning, get them to write their worries onto a piece of paper and leave it outside their bedroom. While the problem is still there, this simple process can help to lift the burden just enough for them to be able to have a good night's sleep.
When it comes to sleep, it is important their room is a relaxing and comforting place to sleep. If school is their main reason for staying awake, remove any trace of it from their room. If possible, try to have your little one use a different room to study and do their homework, so their bedroom doesn’t become associated with anything to do with school.
Tackle it before bedtime
Just before you go to kiss your little one to sleep, ask them if there is anything troubling them. Try to alleviate as much fear as possible by getting them to open up about their problems. Talking about it and being open can help to lift your little one’s fears and remove any burdens.