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When your child starts school again after a holiday, you may notice a change in behaviour. School is mentally exhausting and if you’re dealing with teenagers, then they’re trying to deal with the pressures of school, peer pressure and college pressure. That’s a lot of hard work on such young shoulders and as a parent, you should be doing whatever you can to keep your kids as kids and not smaller adults.
School, friends and college prospects are all stressful situations to deal with and with the introduction of social media, some of these are constant. Younger teenagers can therefore find it particularly difficult to switch off and unwind, and it’s because of them that you should be doing whatever you can to help them relax after school and on weekends. Life isn’t supposed to be hard yet. They should be playing dress up and exploring their social circles and getting the right support for their schoolwork. They should be drawing comics based on the best anime shows out there that they love. Teenagers are not people who should be handling working while taking extra classes and burning the candle at both ends to make their grades. They need support and the way that you can do that is by pulling some of the pressure off of them and teaching them how to switch off.
Focusing on your child’s sleep pattern is the first place that you should start. Teenagers and younger children who aren’t getting enough sleep through the night are usually upset, angry and difficult in the waking hours. Teenagers and parents often have strained relationships because from one perspective, you have a tired, stressed and worried teenager lashing out. From the other you have a frustrated parent trying to handle a living time bomb. Sleep is so important for developing brains and despite the pull of social media or screen time, you should be working it out so that your teenager is sleeping at least seven to eight hours a night at the very least. Take screens out of bedrooms at bedtimes, including smartphones and laptops. Bedrooms should be a place for sleep and relaxation and it may sound daft but allocating a bedtime for your teenager is important. Even a sixteen-year-old needs rules and boundaries, and if they’re not sleeping, their schoolwork will slip, and you will have to pick up those pieces.
For the child who cannot sleep, establish a good winding down routine to help them switch off for a good sleep at night. This can include a meditation or yoga session for kids, a warm drink, a hot bath and even a conversation that can make them feel at ease. Your job is to ensure that your child has time to be a child â€“ even a thirteen-year-old needs a parent to take the stress off their shoulders sometimes. Being a parent isn’t easy when it comes to rules and regulations, but if you have some solid routine rules in place, then you will be more successful with a rested kid.