With just a few weeks of the summer holidays left, school is just around the corner which can feel scary. Whether your little one is starting secondary school for the first time ever (eek!) or feeling apprehensive after such a long time away, Place2Be ambassador, Katie Thistleton, is here to help you out. Place2be is one of the three power charities we supported during lockdown and we’re so excited to be partnering up with them again to share their expert advice. They have over 25 years of experience providing mental health support to children in schools so they (and Katie) know what they’re talking about! Take a look …
Supporting your child through a big change like starting a new school is not about wrapping them up in cotton wool – in fact, it’s the opposite. Help them to recognise their feelings and come up with things they can do to help them cope if they’re feeling anxious, worried or scared. This could be creating artwork, breathing exercises, reading a book or writing down their feelings.
And finally, don’t forget about your own wellbeing. Whether you’re a parent, carer, or a teacher with a class of 11-year-olds, this might be a stressful time for you. Look after yourself by having a cuppa and a chat with a friend, walking the dog or doing whatever chills you out. Children take their cues from others, so do your best to look after yourself too!
Remember that your child still relies on you so look after yourself and make time for self-care because it helps you to be there for them.