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Surviving post holidays and back to school fatigue
By Racquel Piper
Jan 8, 2019 - 9:42:49 AM

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Racquel Piper

Holidays are over- School bells are ringing, now what?

It’s that time of year again, the first week of school; also seen as one of the toughest times of the academic year for students and teachers alike. While the holidays have afforded students and teachers the opportunity to spend time with family members and friends, for others it may not have been the case. The fatigue of the holiday can impact students and teachers returning to school. Let’s Talk about Surviving post-holiday fatigue. Here are some self-care tips to consider.

Tips for Parents

1.    Beginning each day with a positive affirmation can help boost your child(ren) outlook of themselves, school and life.

2.    Ensure your school-age child(ren) get ample sleep. Adequate rest will not only help your child(ren) stay alert in school, but it will also help with information retention and his or her overall physical health.

3.    Eating breakfast in the morning can also help your child(ren) focus and provide the energy needed to start the day.

Tips for Teachers

1.    Beginning the school day with a positive affirmation for your students can help set the classroom atmosphere.

2. Engage in introspection. Envision the kind of school day you want and be intentional about how you plan to achieve it; then implement your plan.

3.  Model the behavior(s) you want to see in your students.  Eventually, you will see that your modeled behavior is being mirrored by students.

Finally, the number one way to survive the fatigue of post-holidays and the start of a new school year is for parents and teachers to work together. Establishing a positive parent-teacher relationship will prove to be beneficial in the academic progress of students. Because many parents have demanding jobs, working hours that may not afford the time to meet and greet, sending a letter to your child’s teacher may suffice. Nevertheless, when possible, a face to face meet and greet is encouraged to help foster and bridge a parent-teacher relationship. 

2019 school year affirmation" We will all have a great and prosperous year!"

Racquel Piper is a Bahamian author and consultant with over 21 years working with children and families locally and internationally. She is an expert in working with children and families that are system involved (Delinquent/Dependent), and or victims of crimes to include human trafficking. Ms. Piper offers various staff development training to help educators, law enforcement, and organizations help protect children and gain better outcomes when interacting with children and families within the community. You can reach Ms. Piper at piper@protectingallkids.com.

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