Back to School Relaxation Tips

I can’t believe summer is already over and students are packing up their backpacks for the 2017/2018 school year. Time flies! The beginning of the school year can be an adjustment for many children. Below are some ideas to help your child unwind after a long day of learning.

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Audiobooks. They are great for teaching listening comprehension skills as well as relaxation! Your child can sit back an relax in a quiet space after a busy day of learning.

Talk to them about their day.  The beginning of the school year provides plenty of fun new experiences as well as some uncomfortable ones. Talk to them about their day. If they’ve had a trying day and are getting stuck making a a choice you can give them other more reasonable choices allowing them to have some control over the situation again. This is based in Love and Logic, which I really like. If you’re curious follow this link to start your own inquiry into Love and Logic.

Belly breathing. Help your child belly breath by counting breaths with them. Ask them to sit or lie down on their backs in a comfortable position. Then tell them to breath into their belly for a count of 4 or 5 (you can adjust depending on how fast you count) and then out again. The goal is to concentrate on their breath and to make it to the end of each counting sequence. It can be really helpful to have them put thier hands or a book on their belly and have them imagine their belly as a balloon filling up, and then deflating. There are a lot of versions of belly breathing so you can do what works for you and your child! I like this PBS link which explains why belly breathing works and provides some nice tips as well.

The joy of learning. Together. 

Nora

One thought on “Back to School Relaxation Tips

  1. Doctor Jonathan says:

    I enjoyed reading about your philosophy and approach to teaching children (and parents.) It is my opinion our educational system is underutilized (for various unfortunate reasons) in the area of childhood diseases. Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, A.D.D,, A.D.H.D, etc… are SYMPTOMS we have chosen to describe as pathologies. Rather than address the ROOT CAUSES that RESULT in these named conditions, we choose to ignore them until physical examination and lab testing demonstrate the manifestations of “disease.” Preventing a child from developing an addictive behavior and/or lifestyle is more effective than attempting to treat their addiction.

    The educational system can provide foundational support upon which children can build HEALTHY HABITS.Instead, “Health” is viewed as a topic rather than a subject like Math or History. Children can’t be expected to rationally make informed decisions regarding the best path to follow in order to gain and maintain healthy outcomes. Cognitively, they have not developed to the point where this capability exists.

    Children need messages reinforced over and over to truly learn the subject matter. Since many parents are uninformed about their children’s actual physical and mental NEEDS, the school (and after school programs) play a very important role in child development. Budgets, politics, and even apathy interfere with creating a quality health agenda needed to fill the current VOID.

    This would certainly NOT be a total solution, but would provide an important piece of the puzzle as we identify new approaches to addressing unnecessary childhood diseases ruining so many lives.

    Your approach is truly a breath of “fresh air.” I wish you all the best on the journey you’ve begun.

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