The end-of-winter blues
Tena koe, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula, greetings! Or, with the Pumas in town this weekend, perhaps I should say ‘buenos dias!’
We’re noticing a lot of illness at present, and many children appear tired and with low energy, especially on Mondays. Call it the end-of-winter blues, that period when we expect to be on the up with the change of season but we find our batteries are low, our tolerance is limited and there is no ‘spring’ into spring. With three weeks to go until the end of term and winter illnesses not yet banished, here are a few things to prioritise with your child: (and, thinking of the Pumas and All Blacks, these are good tips for international rugby players too):
● Stick to the routines. Make sure meals, bedtimes, stories and so on happen at the same time as usual.
● Keep up with sleep. This is important as the evenings lengthen. Long daylight hours make bedtimes hard for some children so if your child is losing sleep in the evenings give them the occasional late morning start if your family’s commitments can allow.
● Keep the weekends manageable. It’s crucial that your child enjoys some chill time during the weekends, especially on Sundays so they can recharge their batteries for the coming week. We notice quite a few children at the moment who arrive at school on Monday feeling tired from weekends that are too busy or demanding. Monday to Friday may be recovery time for the All Blacks but for your child these are the days in the week when they need to be at their best. If your child is exhausted on a Monday keep him or her at home and ask yourself, ‘did we do too much at the weekend?’
● Limit screen time. How much time does your child spend on a device in the evenings, mornings and weekends? Does your child have access to a device (cell phone, ipad, laptop, television) in his or her bedroom? Are you sure your child isn’t sneaking some late-night screen time? I can tell you with confidence that some children who attend Wakefield School are doing just that - be sure it isn’t your child.
● Keep eating well. Sugar and junk food can take an even higher toll on your child’s health when they are tired or recovering from illness. Keep the balance.
Lastly, remember you are always the parent. Your child may grizzle or argue about unfair limits and the ‘boring’ life you are subjecting them to. Your child will almost certainly try to persuade you that ‘everybody else’ is out partying and having fun and you’re the world’s greatest spoilsport. Don’t be persuaded. In the bigger picture your child is better served and will feel more secure by you staying true to the routines and remaining the person in charge of their life. Tell your child that the All Blacks do all those things above - except for the occasional big Saturday night.
Have a beaut week,
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Event Timing: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November 2018
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