Advice for Parents on Surviving Half Term

A welcomed break from school, the half-term is an important point in the year for your child to relax. However, it can be a tricky time for parents. Our Parents Helpline team share their advice.

  1. Make time to relax: The first term after a long summer break can be an exhausting one – particularly for young people who have started a new school or transitioned from primary to secondary school. This can feel like a big change, so make sure your child has time to rest and let off steam.
  2. Maintain a routine: Whether or not you’ve made plans for the half-term, it’s important to try to keep to a good routine. Sticking to similar wake-up times and bedtimes will make going back to school easier.
  3. Plan ahead for school work: If your child has been given homework to complete over the break, then try to help them plan a time they can do it so it isn’t something they worry about, and so they can enjoy their time off.
  4. Look forward:Towards the end of the half-term sometimes young people can become a little anxious about going back to school. Why not take the opportunity to make plans and talk about things coming up in the next few months that they could look forward to, like Halloween, firework displays and Christmas festivities.
  5. Don’t put pressure on yourself: Half-terms do not have to cost a fortune, so don’t put pressure on yourself! Often there are lots of free events in the local area that children can get involved in, so have a look online or in your local newspaper to see what’s happening near you. For some more ideas, take a look at our list of 20 activities from our #Take20 Parents’ Hub. Whatever you decide to do, your child will appreciate you taking some time to check in with them. You could use our conversation starters to see find out how they are doing and if there is anything they’re struggling with at the moment. 
  6. Look after yourself: Half-term is also a good reminder to make sure you find time to take a break. If you are struggling with how you’re feeling, or worried about your child, talk to a friend or family member. 
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