Child Care News for Parents February 3, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
February 3, 2016
Adjusting to life back at school and wondering why your previously lovely child has transformed into a mega brat? Learn some strategies for dealing with the after school monster in your life, also we look at how to manage a new routine and why routines matter.
Strategies for dealing with the post-school monster
The first week back at school after the long summer holidays is bittersweet. For parents and carers waving their kids off to Big School for the first time the combination of relief, guilt and nostalgia can be quite overwhelming…so think how it must be for the kids.

The first month at primary school for first timers and even for kids who are returning is grueling; it's all new, new, new and there is so much to come to grips with. Routines, friendship groups, self-care, new concepts, skills and never-ending rules. There is less time for playing and way more sitting and listening; for many kids this is the perfect recipe for a complete and utter meltdown.

Interestingly most kids manage to hold it together at school, but it's home where things becoming more challenging.
New year new routine
Why routines matter
The new year brings all sorts of new experiences, excitement, anxiety and fatigue – for all the family. February in Australia marks the new school year and is therefore often the most popular time to go back to work for mums who've been on extended maternity leave. It can be a pretty demanding time all round, because of the huge changes affecting everyone in the family.

One of the most taxing things for parents is how to get children into a new routine in order to make it less stressful for all concerned. There are two schools of thought when it comes to babies – routine or non-routine. But at some point, all of us have to have some sort of routine in order to make or lives easier.

While you may think that getting children into routines is hard, children are creatures of habit and routine by their very nature. How many times have you heard the questions: What are we doing today? What are we doing tomorrow? How long will we be there? Children like to know when things are happening. It makes them feel safe, secure and in control.
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