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Remember the way your stomach used to flip as soon as it hit 6pm on a Sunday?
That gut-lurching dose of the Sunday night blues set in as you realised: “School on Monday.”
It’s fair to say your kids are likely to get that same feeling at the end of every weekend, with the prospect of a full week of classes not matching up to the freedom that Saturday and Sunday bring.
Kids don’t just get stressed about starting school after the summer, some worry all year round.
But if you make the last night of the weekend more of an event, you can wave goodbye to the Sunday Night Blues.
We’ve come up with a few ideas to keep the kids happy …
Top of the table
Make Sunday dinner a real event. We’re not talking a roast with all the trimmings every week, but roll out the family favourites so everyone ends the weekend with a happy tummy.
Talk over what’s been best about this weekend, discuss everyone’s plans for the week – with an emphasis on the good stuff like clubs, not just school and packed lunch menus – and dig deep for a worst joke of the week competition.
Let the kids pick their top dessert to round off the meal. Then work out what the big plans are for next weekend so there’s something for everyone to look forward to.
Last blast of family fun
Weekdays can be frantic, what with the rush home from work, dinner to make, clubs to drop the kids at, showers and baths to organise, supper and bedtime.
Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like you’re a family, just a collection of tasks that live in the same house.
So set aside an hour after dinner to actually be a family. Dig out a favourite board game or get out a pack of cards. Snap, Top Trumps and Pairs keep kids entertained until they’re old enough to start fleecing you at poker!
Or, while the nights are still light enough, get them outside for a final tear around the garden or quick sprint to the local park. Even 15 minutes on the swings, slides and roundabouts gets the endorphins going.
Do your kids take showers before bed? How about reviving the Sunday night bath tradition.
Run them that bath, whip up the bubbles and give them 20 minutes’ chill-out time. The Sunday night blues will just slip away.
Follow that up with a warm, milky drink to get them truly snuggly.
Say sayonara to screen time and get the kids reading a book at bedtime. Sleep experts say staring at a tablet or phone screen in bed makes dropping off more difficult because of the way blue light affects the brain.
So reach for a good old paper book for the kids to leaf through. There are some great kids books to consider for all ages – you might even get hooked on one yourself.
Ten or 15 minutes reading before lights out will help your little ones wind down and get a great night’s rest before school on Monday.]
We hope this helps the kids... this might even help some grown-ups too!