Author : Dr.Sihab (Specialist Pediatrician)
As the scorching Qatari summer draws to a close, it’s time to prepare your children for their return to school after a long and well-deserved vacation. Transitioning from a leisurely break to the structured routine of school can be a challenging process. To ensure a smooth and healthy back-to-school experience, here are some essential do’s and don’ts for parents to consider:
As the summer break ends and school approaches in Qatar, careful planning is essential. Parents are vital in ensuring a smooth transition from relaxed summer days to the structured school routine. This includes maintaining sleep routines, promoting healthy eating, encouraging open communication, and being proactive in both academic and emotional aspects, all contributing to a successful school year.
- Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule: During the summer months, children often have more flexible sleep schedules. In the weeks leading up to the school year, gradually shift their bedtime and wake-up times closer to the school routine. Adequate sleep is crucial for their physical and cognitive development.
Reintroduce Healthy Eating Habits: Help your children transition from indulgent summer treats to balanced meals. Provide nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that fuel their energy levels and concentration throughout the day.
Plan School Supplies Ahead: Avoid the last-minute rush by preparing school supplies well in advance. Make a list of required items and involve your children in selecting their supplies. This can help them feel excited and prepared for the new school year.
Reestablish Study Habits: Encourage your children to engage in reading, writing, and other educational activities before school starts. This can help prevent the “summer slide” and ease them back into the learning mindset.
Open Communication: Talk to your children about their feelings regarding the upcoming school year. Address any concerns they might have and highlight the positive aspects of returning to school, such as reuniting with friends and engaging in new learning opportunities.
Check Health Requirements: Ensure that your children’s vaccinations and health records are up to date. Contact the school to inquire about any specific health guidelines or requirements due to the ongoing health situation.
- Avoid Last-Minute Rush: Waiting until the night before school starts to prepare can lead to unnecessary stress. Avoid this by planning ahead and completing tasks gradually over the weeks leading up to the start of the school year.
Don’t Skip Breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast can negatively impact your child’s concentration and energy levels. Ensure they have a nutritious meal before heading to school.
Limit Screen Time: While screens may have been a source of entertainment during the summer, excessive screen time can interfere with sleep patterns and contribute to sedentary behavior. Set limits on screen time and encourage outdoor activities.
Don’t Over schedule: While extracurricular activities are important for a well-rounded education, avoid over scheduling your children with too many commitments. Allow them time to relax, unwind, and focus on their studies.
Avoid Neglecting Emotional Well-Being: Going back to school can bring about various emotions, including anxiety and excitement. Pay attention to your child’s emotional well-being and offer a supportive environment for them to express their feelings.
Don’t Ignore Health and Safety Guidelines: Given the ongoing health situation, follow the recommended guidelines provided by health authorities and the school to ensure the safety and well-being of your child and the entire school community.
As the school bells ring once again after a refreshing summer break, the journey back to the classroom in Qatar requires careful consideration and preparation. By adhering to the do’s and avoiding the don’ts, parents can help their children smoothly transition from lazy summer days to focused school routines. A consistent sleep schedule, healthy eating habits, open communication, and a proactive approach to academic and emotional needs will pave the way for a successful and enriching school year.
Remember that every child is unique, so tailor these recommendations to suit your child’s individual needs. By fostering a positive attitude toward learning, encouraging healthy habits, and creating a supportive environment, you’ll be nurturing not only their academic growth but also their overall well-being. With your guidance, this back-to-school season can be a time of excitement, growth, and wonderful new experiences for your children in Qatar.