It’s back to school, but in 2020, it’s back to school in a year like no other. After 6 months away from the classroom environment, all schools, colleges and universities are in the process of getting back to normal, albeit a new normal.
Whilst there is some anxiety about whether it will be a safe return to what we took for granted previously, the mental health aspects of children not returning to the classroom has been stressed by both the government and the press alike. It is unclear at the moment if being back will also cause anxiety due to learning being lost, new routines and the uncertainty of what lies ahead in the next few months, but there are a few things you can do to try and minimise the impact of the current situation on your children’s mental state.
Naturally, it is impossible to hide what is going on from your children, and they do need to know so much in order to make sense of it all in their own minds, as well as keeping themselves and others safe. But try to keep them away from the headlines, figures and dramatic developments. Children are highly resilient, but their brains are still maturing and are they are unable to assess information in the same way that adults do.
Make their childhood as fun as it should be, whether it is singing on the way to school, wearing funny masks or not always focussing on coronavirus. When they come home from school, keep the conversation upbeat and positive so they get a mental break from the new and potentially changing
situation at school.
A healthy diet is connected with a healthy mind, so try and cook highly nutritious meals where possible. Taking a multivitamin is a good way of ensuring they are getting everything they need for a growing body and mind, and at the moment, is a tasty boost to their daily routine.
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