School is an exciting part of becoming six. At this age, many children enter first grade, and the idea of “big kid school” starts to feel more “official.” Children dive deeper into learning math, reading, and writing, and a whole new world opens up.
In this article, we explore the exciting time for many six-year-olds that may include certain aspects of schooling that are stressful. New expectations, social interactions, concentrating, and sitting still can be difficult for many children.
Experiencing mild stress at school is normal, but there are some great ways parents can help their kids de-stress once they’re home. If you feel concerned that stress levels are becoming a problem, there is a lot of support for parents and children and so seek help from a qualified medical health professional.
The following activities are geared towards helping your six-year-old transition from the school day into a calm evening at home. While Covid-19 is disrupting the traditional routine of what school days, these tips may still help your child manage school days no matter where they take place.
When the weather permits, spending 10-20 minutes going for a walk around the neighbourhood can be a great way to relieve stress, exercise, and connect with your child. Use this time to go over the day’s events or just as quiet time.
If you have a little Picasso at home, why not spend a few minutes doing something creative after school? Pull out the colouring books or modelling clay and allow your child some time to focus on something hands-on and relaxing before delving into homework.
If your child tends to struggle at school, taking a gratitude moment on the drive home can be a good way to shift focus on to positive things about school. Ask your child to remember three things each day that made him smile or that she loved doing.
On busy or stressful days, our children need a little extra love. Grab a seat on your favourite couch or chair for a cuddle catch-up. Snuggle up and ask your child all about their day. Don’t forget to tell them about your day, too.
Music for the Soul
What better way to shake off the stressors of the day than a fun dance party (or a quiet rest with classical music if you prefer? Music can be incredibly relaxing for children and adds a little extra fun into a busy day.
Going to school is exciting but also brings a new environment. Your six year old will encounter new external stressors which are a normal part of growing up. There are creative and interesting ways to help manage these to create a healthy mental attitude and outlook.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.