The kids have been back at school for almost a month. We can hardly believe it! Your house is as clean as a whistle, you have enjoyed your fair share of hot drinks and life is generally easier (we didn’t say that!) But how have the small people in your life faired with the long days? By now the chances are that they are getting tired, and the excitement of the start of term may have worn off. It’s safe to say that the first month of school is hugely demanding for our kids and it can take a big toll on their mood and their emotions. This week we want to share our top tips for combatting those after school meltdowns and talk about the ways in which we can help our kids wind down after a long day or week. So without further a do…..
“What did you do at school today?”
Most kids will respond to that question with a simple “nothing” Well of course they haven’t been doing “nothing” We know that their day will have been full of activities, games and social interaction. The reason that kids respond with “nothing” is simply because they don’t have the energy or the brain capacity left to relay their day to you. After being in a noisy environment all day it’s natural for them to want some peace and quiet. So hold back on those questions and let them come to you with their stories once they have had time to unwind.
When the kids get back from school it’s often a good idea to have some quiet activities that they can focus on before they have their dinner. Activities such as colouring in, puzzles and books can be a great way for them to keep amused without having to use up much energy. It also acts as quiet time for them to reflect on their day.
FOOD AND DRINK
It seems like a silly one. Obviously we all feed our kids but staying hydrated and eating food loaded with carbohydrates is a great way to pick up their energy levels when they are exhausted. Dehydration can kick in after a long day at school making them tired and lethargic. Be sure to pump those fluids and make a nice hearty meal for their dinner. We know that time is always an issue with getting the kids fed but the most comforting dinners are often the ones that are best for them after school. Why not try sausages and mash or something even quicker like Pizza, garlic bread and salad. They will be sure to devour it after a long day at school.
BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS! We know that reading is hugely beneficial for our kids but after a long day at school the prospect of concentrating on reading an actual book may be difficult to them. Why not try some audio books? They are a great way to engage kids into stories, whilst giving them the chance to sit back and unwind. Audio books can be especially useful for children who have just started school.
Sleep is essential for kids, especially when they are at school. Even school age children require between 9-12 hours of undisturbed sleep every night. Lack of quality sleep can lead to irritability, decreased attention span, anxiety, mood swings and memory problems. When kids are over tired, bedtime can be a real challenge. For this issue we suggest a regular bedtime routine that consists of a warm bath, a soothing drink and a story before bed. Having the same routine every night (where possible) will help them wind down for bed so that they get all the quality sleep they need. If you would like more information on how many hours your child needs per night please click here.
We hope these tips have helped give you some ideas on how to combat those after school meltdowns. As a team of mums we are always on the look out for new ideas. We would love to know what tricks you keep up your sleeve for overtired kids? Please do share them in the comments below or via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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