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  • Writer's pictureFiona Murray

Surviving February Half Term !

It doesn't have to be hard, even if the weather is bad !

Make time to relax: The term after Christmas can be an exhausting one – particularly for young people who have exams or have caught a bug over the past few weeks, so make sure your child has time to rest and let off steam.

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.

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.

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 Pancake Day and the clocks going forward so there’s more time to play outside after school.

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.

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 or think about a single session of counselling to get your thoughts and feelings clearer.

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