We at Listen Up Mentor hope you have had a great summer. The time for relaxing and recharging is over, now it is time to hit the ground running.
Why do we need to hit the ground running? We need to remember that some children and young people may not have had a fantastic summer. For some of them, they may have had no structure, no routine and no guidance for 6 weeks!
Just on the radio today (03/09/19) I heard a news report saying that more and more food banks are being opened in schools! This is so that children will have food over the summer holidays. The story went on, saying the UK saying is meant to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Yet we have children who are going hungry! The report goes on to say that some schools are having to create washing services so that children can come to school with a clean uniform. I am not creating a blog about who is to blame. More to highlight what some of our children are having to deal with. The survey also showed the rising challenge of having to offer welfare services to families "- such as running food banks, offering meals outside of term time" (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49515117) You can see the report here.
Schools already have pressures to educate the next generation so that they can grow and have the best opportunities possible. Now they are expected to do so much more. This is the reason we have to hit the ground running.
Of course, some children have had fantastic summers going abroad and having non-stop fun for 6 whole weeks. No pressure, no arguments, no worries.No matter what kind of summer they have had, September can be a shock to the system. Having to get back into the routine of waking up early, listening to teachers and completing homework. Just remember teachers have had to motivate themselves to go back to school. If you are like me, it does not matter how much you prepare, you still get those butterflies in your stomach, as the first day in September creeps towards you.
Can you imagine the anxiety some of our children get when they realize they are going back to school? Regardless of if they have had a superb summer or a terrible summer, children will need someone they can go to, someone they can trust, someone who will smile with them, someone who will give them time.
That person could be you.