The tough time of year between February and March
“But I’m too tired!” It’s that time of year again! School is back in session and after-school activities abound, meaning “I’m too tired” can become a frequent refrain from the backseat of your car. It’s not uncommon for us to hear about young students who fall asleep on the way to class during this time of year. Staying excited about activities during the long winters days is hard!! Some children won’t be shy about stating how tired they are after school is out; others just feel a little grouchy by the time class rolls around. What can you do to help turn this feeling around (and end your own exasperation)? In our experience at Ambition Performing Arts Studios, the suggestions included here have the potential to completely bust those FARCH blues!
Create a fun “going-to-class” ritual. Whether it’s the music you jam out to on the way to class each week, or a family pizza night afterward, a special ritual can always perk up the day. The routine built around attending arts class can have a tremendous impact on your child’s ability to adapt to their schedule.
Offer gentle, consistent reassurance. While we all know that logic doesn’t always fly with children, sometimes they feel better just knowing you understand and are there for them. Remind them that feeling tired after school is normal, and that the feeling will get better over time. Let them know that you’re proud of them for making an effort.
Be prepared with water and snacks! Children who are well-hydrated and who’ve had a light snack before class feel more refreshed and ready to move and learn. They have the energy they need to enjoy the experience and retain what they’ve learned.
If there is a “best part” about the FARCH blues, they are temporary. At the Ambition Performing Arts, we know that this period of time will soon become a distant memory, one replaced with the refrain of “Is it time to go to class yet?”
Consider yourself warned 🙂