This blog entry is to share a great tool which is simple to learn and effective for many children with school anxiety. Below is a video of a short reflexology routine you can try with your child. There is more information to help you prepare here. You don't have to do it all, just see how you get on following the routine. For more information do contact me 0753 1121199 or e-mail me .
September heralds the start of a new school year, and although it can be an exciting time, for some children it's just plain difficult. Many children seem to struggle with anxiety and stress at the start of a new school year. There are many reasons for this and often they are too young to explain what they are feeling and fearing. This can be distressing not only for the child but also the parent who may feel helpless to ease their child's struggle. The fact is they have to go into school at the start of the day no matter how much they may cry and cling to you. Not easy.
I'm a mum and know first hand how difficult and exhausting this experience is. My son struggled with back to school stress every year. He loves school but found that initial separation difficult after the long fun school holidays. I have no magic cures but I have found a number of ways to help my son manage stress and overcome anxiety during this time.
After lots of talking and trying to understand why he was so anxious I decided to try some of the tools I use to help with stress and anxiety. Massage and reflexology can help a child to manage their stress. Baby massage and baby reflexology isn't just for babies! It's great for children of all ages. Some calming reassuring massage for just a few minutes accompanied by lots of positive words about their ability to cope can be a powerful tool.
And finally, don't forget your own needs. It can be draining and painful when our children are suffering and struggling so take time out to relax yourself. It can be hard to remember to be kind to yourself and not to feel guilty for leaving them at school.
If you want to learn more we are based in Kidderminster Worcestershire area and run one-to-one baby massage and reflexology instruction or you can host a small friendly reflexology/massage home group.
And if all else fails, remember the father Christmas bargaining tool.. all children want to be on the good list!!