It is called “return from vacation syndrome” and it is not only adults who suffer from it, but also children. To better face the arrival of September and the upcoming school year, the advice of the Sip. The key word? Graduality. In all. From sleep to food.
Sunny days, sleeping late, games, days by the pool or by the sea. Holiday homework? Yes, but not every day. And school just feels like a faded old memory.
But with the (almost) arrival of September, the countdown has begun. Whether it is primary or kindergarten, the desks (health situation permitting) await all the children.
Thus begins tantrums, difficulty falling asleep, greater attachment to parents, loss of appetite. How to deal with the return to the routine without stress? WITH GRADUALITY. Word of expert.
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Prepare to return to school gradually
This was supported by Luigi Greco, vice president of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (Sip), interviewed by Ansa. Because even children suffer from “return from vacation syndrome”.
“Summer often involves changes in the sleep-wake rhythm. The period from the end of the holidays to the start of school is important to slowly get back into habits. To do this without stress, however, you need to take the right amount of time to adapt. So get started. already now to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier “, explains Luigi Greco.
This end of August with the first days of September is also the right time to resume regularity in breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but without forgetting some good habits that have accompanied us during the holidays, such as eating fruit and vegetables more often and making a good breakfast.
Motor activity is fundamental
Furthermore, motor activity remains very important. “During the holidays – explains Greco – the children move more and eat accordingly. When they return this activity decreases. Instead, we must try to maintain an active life in the open air, avoiding, as much as possible, TV and video games”.
The little ones, suddenly without parents
For the little ones it is even more difficult, because they go from having their parents always with them, to returning to work. “It would be useful to have buffer days in order not to go from everything to nothing. It is also good to take advantage of every free moment to do some recreational activities together, from taking a walk, to an afternoon in the pool or a trip outside the city”.
What if there are still holiday homework to do?
And what to do if you are on the high seas with your homework? Again, no stress.
“The tasks for the holidays are meant to keep the brain in training, but if you haven’t done it in the past few months, it makes no sense to concentrate all your efforts in the last week. You do what you can – concludes the expert – with normal rhythms and without unnecessary stress “.
Questions and answers
How to prepare children for the start of school?
They need to take the right time to adapt. So it is important to start at the end of August to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.
What to do if you are late with your holiday homework?
Vacation homework is meant to keep your brain in good shape, but if you haven’t done it in the past few months, there’s no point in focusing all your efforts on the last week. You do what you can, with normal rhythms and without unnecessary stress.