More than 180,000 people in the UK have supported a call to start the school day later, giving teenagers more time to sleep. Teenagers are said to be so tired that it affects their schoolwork and ability to reach their full potential. Is this proposal an indulgence, or is there really a reason to make our children a little weaker and let them sleep late?
Mental Health Issuesare an ongoing cause for serious concern, especially among our young people, and finding effective ways to support them is at the forefront of many of our thoughts. Parents often do their best to create an environment in which their children can sleep well. They can encourage a regular routine, try to implement sensible house rules, such as no technology in the bedrooms, all appliances should be turned off at the same time every day, and insist everyone is together to eat at specific meals, but these rules are often impossible to enforce once children reach their teens.
Some rules make sensecan be a valuable way to encourage a better night's sleep and manage stress. For example, eating together is a good way to keep an eye on how your teen is doing, by noting whether their eating habits have changed, their mood, it's time to talk about what's going on in their lives. Eating together helps to support a family relationship, to strengthen the sense of belonging and to keep the communication channels open. As a parent, you can also ensure that they at least occasionally eat healthy and nutritious foods.
Parents should take some responsibility for their children's behavior.Talking and creating an arena that encourages free and open communication is often the most positive way to show that you are there for them, even if they choose not to speak, make known or reveal much about their lives . However, when you realize that around 2 million children in the UK are raised by just one parent, usually the mother, you get the feeling that there are many factors influencing the lives of teenagers, a myriad of issues to consider, lots of balls to juggle in their houses.
Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they like.They are concerned about fitting, FOMO, being good enough, decisions they have to make, things that happen at home, whether they are 'normal'. Their best-chosen defense is often surly, quiet, aggressive, angry, because that is often a successful way to deflect and close further discussion on sensitive topics.
Finding effective ways for teens to deal with stressThis is important by reassuring them about their appearance, academic results, exam pressures, and family problems. Having someone they can trust, confide in freely and talk to freely, perhaps a grandparent, a family friend, a teacher can give them a lot of reassurance and security.
Children often appreciate and appreciatethe interest, love and care that comes their way. They trust that there is parental support, unconditional love. It's just part of the job description that a teenager is unhappy and rebellious. Often they may not understand why they are the way they are; other people don't 'catch' them, it's not their fault, life isn't fair! It is their hormones that cause chaos, making the changes necessary to transfer them to adulthood.
Going to school later in the day aims to provide learning in a more relaxed way, by better tuning into a teen's body clock so they can become more productive. However, later onset may initially be a cause for concern among parents as they may have to stagger the transportation of children to different schools, do homework later in the evening, schedule work for different children and activities for children.
ome life lessons are also meant to be tough, as they prepare a young adult for branching, leaving home, going to college, and starting adult life. There are times when we all need to learn to smile, be stoic and show up. We need to know what has already been posted in our journal and plan ahead; this may mean managing our time better, taking good care of ourselves, preparing and doing homework, going to bed a little earlier, all important lessons for the sake of taking personal responsibility and investing in our desired outcome of successful live in the adult up world.
It may be a short-term solution to start the school day later, but is it a positive step in the bigger picture? Could there be other, more beneficial ways to support your teen when he / she needs more sleep?