Back-to-school Adjustment Should Begin Now
July 31, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31 (UPI) — Since summer break ends in August in the South, parents and children should begin adjusting to back-to-school routines now, a U.S. researcher says.
“Returning to the routine of the school year can be overwhelming for adults and students,” Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, says in a statement.
“During the school year there’s a sleep schedule, a tighter timeframe for performing household chores and the sense of fewer hours in the day. Altogether, this can lead to debilitating anxiety.”
Throughout the summer months, parents and children develop new habits and routines, and breaking those is extremely difficult to accomplish in a day, Klapow says.
“But if you don’t try to go cold turkey, the transition should remain pain-free,” Klapow says.
“This means adjusting bed times and morning alarms starting now. If they already haven’t been reading through the summer, have the children pick up a book for at least 20 minutes a day, to mimic homework time. This helps everybody re-adapt.”