How has your child returned to school after the summer?
Back to school with a skip and a cheer? Or shuffling into the school gates with shoulders hunched?
Unfortunately, quite a lot of children do not like going to school. In some cases, they simply hate it – a place that makes them feel miserable, stressed and anxious.
School can be a harsh environment: children are thrown in with their (sometimes hormonal) peers in a Lord of the Flies scenario where it is survival of the fittest.
Nowadays you can also throw in higher performance expectations from the government, schools and parents; the importance of being popular as dictated by the latest social media platforms; unrealistic celebrity body images to be compared to and an increasing depletion in our ability as a society to communicate in a good, old-fashioned way.
As parents, we also have a huge list of worries when it comes to our children in the school environment – cyber bullying, self-harming, eating disorders, stress, anxiety...the list goes on.
So, what can we do to help our children enjoy their school years?
The Sunflower Trust, a children’s charity, has a clear vision – it believes children who are balanced, integrated and healthy will naturally perform better, feel happier, achieve more, and mix better socially, at school and at home.
The message is simple – encourage healthy eating, good hydration, plenty of fresh air and exercise and lots of good quality family time and leisure time away from technology to help your child become confident, strong and resilient and more equipped to deal with the stresses of school life.
Sunflower Practitioner, Sheree McGregor says: “Activities that involve outdoors, physical activity and interaction allows a child to build self-esteem, confidence and self-worth.
“The more this is encouraged, the more a child will feel good about themselves, be confident and succeed. Spending some time discussing how one feels about certain things will help the child know that someone is there for them, someone cares and someone is willing to help.
“Communication is key, within families, parents and schools, teachers and of course children.”
For some children the anxiety, stress and lack of confidence can simply get too much. The self-doubt and negative feelings stop them from making friends, taking part in activities and facing new challenges. They can become unable to deal with emotions such as failure, worry or anger.
The Sunflower Programme helps those children who need extra input to help them get the most out of life. Children are invited to go through a complete protocol which seeks to integrate their physical, neurological, biochemical and emotions more fully so that they are able to access and employ more of their own potential for health and achievement.
Amy, seven, is one child who was suffering from a debilitating lack of self-confidence. Her Sunflower Practitioner found that her structure played a large part in her overall problems.
Since completing the Sunflower Programme, her parents report a gradual improvement in increased confidence, adding: “She is more relaxed about things that would have made her anxious before.
“Her end of year school report commented on how much they thought she had grown in confidence over the past few months.
“As a result of Sunflower, Amy has even been keen to do her homework!”
Freddy, nine, was another child who wasn’t reaching his full potential in the school environment. His parents say: “His school reports for the last three years had always been that his concentration and focus were very poor and only a level 2. Now his school report this July has shown that his concentration and effort has jumped to level 4, which is the maximum achievable.
“With the corrections to his alignment, his confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. Since completing the Sunflower Programme, he has won cups and medals at school and really feels as if he can achieve anything.”
If your child is finding school too much to cope with, or you feel they are just not getting the best out of their life, the Sunflower Programme can help:
- Call: 01483 531498
- Website: http://www.sunflowertrust.com/