On 9 September, 2016
The back to school period can be filled with both joy and sadness. You’ve enjoyed spending more time with the kids over the summer but it can be sad to see them go. Your children are probably feeling a range of emotions too, from happiness at seeing their friends to angst at starting in a new class. Make the most of this transitionary period by following our tips.
1. Get Ready for a New Start
It's a new school year, which gives everyone a chance to start fresh. What are the things that you’d like to improve on from last year? You could try to get pack lunches prepared the night before or you could aim to help your child get their school work finished with time to spare.
2. Streamline Your Morning Routine
Mornings can often be hectic during term time. You start off well, having everyone out the door on time but as the term progresses; it can fall apart and turn into chaos! Give everyone a better chance by setting up a routine you can stick to. Try having your child’s clothes laid out ready for them’…
3. It's the Perfect Time for a New Hobby
Getting back to school can mean a lot of homework. Making sure that your child's after-school time isn't filled with homework alone will make term time smoother. A new hobby is a perfect way to add some fun to the new year. Something like martial arts is a great way for your child to have fun and make new friends, in an environment designed to promote physical fitness, confidence and self-esteem.
4. Eat Well
Starting the day with a nutritious filling breakfast and packing a healthy and balanced lunch for your children can all help your children have more energy and lead to better concentration at school. There are many ways of introducing healthy food into your child’s lunch box; from using colourful vegetables to cutting them into fun shapes.
5. Get on Top of Homework Right Away
Even the youngest school attendees seem to get homework now. Struggling through homework after school can be upsetting, but it has to be done. The best thing to do is set a homework routine as soon as possible. Get it out of the way as soon as you both have time.
6. Be a Member of the School Community
Being connected to your child's school will benefit both you and them. You can get involved in a number of different ways. Many parents volunteer at their child's school by supervising at lunch or going on trips. If you don't have time to do that, you can be involved in other ways, such as helping to organise school events.
7. Reconnect with Friends
Over the summer, both you and your children might not have been in touch with school friends. Getting back to school gives you a chance to reconnect. As well as organising for your child to spend time with their friends outside of school, don't forget to meet up with other parents.
8. Read More at Home
If you haven't had much reading time lately, it's a great time to pick it up. Kids will be reading a lot at school, but you don't want reading to become a forced school activity. Reading together at home promotes it as fun and relaxing.
9. Look Forward to Time Off School
It might only just be back to school time, but there's no harm in looking ahead to the holidays. Keeping the October half-term in mind gives everyone something to look forward to. You can use the holidays as a time to give out rewards for good behaviour during the term.
10. Decompress at the End of the Day
School days can feel extremely long, especially for younger children. They can be full of both joy and frustration, so letting out some of those feelings is a good idea. Take time to talk about the day at the end of it so your kids can share their experiences.
On 13 September, 2016
For children with low self esteem, it can sometimes take more than a few encouraging words to help give them confidence they need in everyday life. Sometimes, even with plenty of positive reinforcement, it could take years for a child to build their self-esteem. For ideas on how to help a child boost their self esteem, then read on below for inspiration and tips.
Causes of Low Self-esteem in Children
There can be a number of causes of low self esteem in a child. For example, a past experience or a perceived failure (at school in exams for example) can cause a child to feel self doubt. For some, a passing comment or in extreme circumstances, bullying by their peers can equally have a negative effect on their confidence.
Positive Praise and Reassurance
Fortunately there are many ways to help a child feel more confident and positive. For example, offering plenty of praise and encouragement or placing a focus on positive reinforcement will help to cement a child's positive belief in themselves. External influences (such as out of school activities) can also play a huge role in the development of child's self-esteem.
Taking Up a Sport
Starting a new hobby can be an excellent way to build a child's self-esteem. For many children, a sport or physical activity is the best option. It can help them build confidence in their physical ability and their other capabilities. For example, taking up martial arts is a great way of building a child's self-esteem. They will learn in a group setting, where they can socialise and make friends. They will get support from their peers and teachers and have an activity they can bond over. The belt system in martial arts is an excellent way to offer encouragement and rewards for hard work too, helping them stay motivated and feel proud of their achievement.
Enjoying a Non-sport Activity
Taking up a sport may not be for every child. There are many other activities they could enjoy to build their self-esteem. For example, children can gain confidence by joining a drama or dance class. They could also take an art class, join a choir or even learn a language. Finding something that they're good at and enjoy can be a brilliant boost to self-esteem.
Emphasise Fun Over Being Good
Engaging your child in an activity they have a knack for can help them improve their self-esteem. However, it's also important to help them learn that they don't have to be good at everything. They don't have to give up on something because they aren't naturally talented. Learning to enjoy something regardless of whether you're good at it can be tough even for adults. But it's a valuable lesson to learn, and it can be excellent for building self-esteem. It's more important that an activity is fun and that your child is willing to try. It's less important that they get everything right.
Correct Negative Beliefs
Children with low self-esteem may be more likely to say negative things about themselves. They might put themselves down or deflect compliments. Being vigilant about correcting these negative self-beliefs is important. It’s important to try to be aware when a child vocalises false beliefs about their abilities and personality. For example, they might believe that they are a bad student because they struggle with maths. It's important to correct these things and turn them into something less negative. They might need to work more on their maths skills, but needing some extra help doesn't make them a bad student.
Using some of these tips and ideas could help your child or a child you know boost their confidence and self esteem. If you’re looking for an activity that could help your child feel more confident in themselves then why try a FREE martial arts class. Find a martial arts class near you and enter your postcode.