The school term can pass by in the blink of an eye – a whirlwind of assessments, sports fixtures, music lessons and homework.
In our increasingly overscheduled lives, it is easy for boys to find themselves close to burnout point by term’s end. Finding a balance between work, rest and play can often be hard for parents to manage, let alone children with their various academic commitments and the myriad of co-curricular opportunities on offer.
It is unlikely that a boy who is constantly rushing and feeling overwhelmed will be able to perform well at school. Parents, with the help of their school, need to help their sons enjoy a well-balanced diet of school work, co-curricular activities and time to play and unwind.
Here are our five top tips on helping your son find balance:
1. Talk to him
As obvious as it may sound, take time to talk to your son about how he is managing his school and extracurricular commitments; whether he enjoys what he’s doing or if he needs to reassess how much he’s taking on. By talking to him about his workload regularly you’ll be better placed to address potential issues such as anxiety or stress, early.
2. Teach priorities
In times of stress, you can help your son by teaching him how to prioritise tasks. This will help him with his time management and organisational skills and prevent him from feeling overwhelmed. When studying encourage your son to have a study plan – read our tips for managing study time.
3. Time out
Encourage your son to take time out from school and non-academic commitments. Unscheduled activities such as a visit to the park, or dinner out with the family, not only provide downtime, they also help recharge the batteries for study and provide opportunities for spending time with family and friends.
4. Sleep, diet and exercise
A good night’s sleep is vital to your son’s wellbeing, as are eating well and keeping active. They will ensure your son is in peak physical condition and better able to tackle the tasks at hand while remaining alert and energised. If he’s not getting enough sleep it might be time to reassess your son’s priorities and commitments.
5. It’s okay to say ‘no’
Your son may want to do everything but there are only 24 hours in the day! As the parent, remember that it’s okay to say no if you think he is taking on too much.
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