School is starting or getting ready to start in many parts of the country, and with it come changes for most players. As a parent or coach, keep your eyes open for 5 ways to help your player get back to school better.
The start of school means different things to adults than it does to kids. For adults, it can mean life back to normal, or it’s football season. Do you know what it means for your kids?
What the start of school means to kids is something totally different. It’s a time of change, of stress, of workload, and of pressure – so we need to watch our kids a little closer during August and September to ensure they’re getting back to school better:
- Recognize they’ve got to switch gears – whether it’s changing schools, classes, sleep schedules or routines, going back to school means a lot of changes for kids and most people struggle with change. So watch for your kids stress level going up and help them manage it whenever you can.
- Watch for a higher stress level – stress can make your kids edgy, irritated or even sullen. You can help the situation by not reacting back to your kids, help them realize that it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed, and give out a few extra hugs and smiles!
- Help them get more sleep – getting up earlier and often going to bed later can make it tough for kids to get enough sleep. Help them by making sure they turn off their phones and pads before they get into bed, and limit their tv time during the week. Sleep is super important for all of us, but especially for kids whose bodies are growing.
- Let them take a break – As coaches, we often can’t wait to jump from summer ball right into fall ball, but let your kids take a break. Nobody’s going to forget how to play, or lose their skill if they take a break for a couple of weeks. In fact, it will actually help renew their desire to get back to the field. Let your kids and players cool it for a while.
- Check in with them – they’re kids, they need our help, guidance, love and hugs so check in with them. Ask how their day went, have them tell you something they learned, who their teachers are, or have them teach you something they were taught. Kids want and deserve our attention so make an extra effort to do some extra check-ins during the next 8 weeks. They’ll be glad you did!
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