3 Ways To Master New Routines For Children With Bipolar
The back-to-school transition can be one of the most difficult things to get a handle on for children with bipolar disorder; change your routine:
1. Stress-less mornings
After summer, one of the most challenging things for children with bipolar to navigate is an entirely new routine of getting ready for school every morning. Even if you’ve stayed strict with the bedtime and rising schedule during the summer, there’s a different kind of stress with all the new tasks for school. Advice for parents: be calm and keep everything in perspective; prepare by doing what you can the night before; offer rewards for following the morning routine successfully, and don’t forget to give praise, and finally, temper your expectations of what realistically can be achieved.
2. Homework help
Depending on the age of your child, there could be a little or a lot of homework to be completed each school night. If it’s the latter, it can be a stressful transition to master. However, if you tackle it like the morning routine, you can succeed. Structure the schedule, such as having your child complete the assigned tasks as soon as school is over; help her stay focused with encouragement, praise and incentives, like healthy snacks, and stay calm and positive when providing any guidance.
3. Sleep success
The transition of the school night sleep routine will no doubt be much easier if a similar schedule was followed during the summer. If this hasn’t been the case however, then it’s essential to create a smooth bedtime transition. Parents are advised to have a meaningful, and positive discussion with their children about the expectations of having a nighttime and morning schedule in place. Be creative in how the evening wind down looks like, such as no electronic devices an hour before bedtime. A successful sleep routine also includes going to bed and waking the same time every day, even on weekends.