Help your child cope with change and anxiety
In April 2020, a World Vision survey of parents in the UK revealed that more than one in three UK children aged between five and 18 years old (36%) had felt lonely since schools closed.
The survey also showed that almost a third of parents noticed negative changes in their children’s behaviour since the first lockdown started, including tantrums, nightmares, fighting and crying, as well as physical symptoms such as stomach aches.
Almost a year on, children have experienced the cycle of 'back to school', followed by the upheaval of home-learning again, many times over. As the UK gets ready for the first step on the 'roadmap' back to a normal routine, our children are the pioneers.
While some pupils may have packed their bags and shined their shoes as soon as the announcement was made, many other children will be anxious. And parents may be seeing the same behaviours reappearing, as their children attempt to readjust again.
The good news is, there are many things which parents and caregivers can do to help children not just survive the return to school, but thrive.