As the kids or grandkids grow up and attend primary school, it is likely that they will get the opportunity to go on a school trip at some point. This is a wonderful chance for them, and they should be encouraged to take it where possible. But this doesn’t mean everything will be plain sailing. In fact, school trips can be tough for parents and kids alike. But they are survivable and can even be enjoyable. Just read on for some advice on how to achieve this below.
Practice Makes Perfect
A lot of primary school trips nowadays involved sleeping away from home. This is something that you can practice with your kids before the school trips occurs. So then they are used to the experience.
For example, why not throw a sleepover for your child’s friends, so they get used to being able to get off to sleep in a room full of kids their own age? Or you can arrange a nights staying at a
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Don’t Let Boredom Ruin Things
Another thing that can help your little ones survive and enjoy a school trip is to provide them with plenty of activities, so they don’t get bored.
School trips often involved a lot of traveling and undirected time. This can be a problem for young kids that are not used to having to entertain themselves. Which in turn can cause poor behavior. To help with this you can make sure that you pack a lot of activities for them, so they will always have something to do.
Suitable things include travel board games, word searches, coloring books and puzzles. Although slightly older kids might prefer to download games onto their tablet or phone to keep them out of mischief, during long journeys.
Of course, allowing the access to a music subscription service can also be helpful. Both for use when traveling, and also if they have trouble falling asleep in a noisy room full of other students. Then they can listen to some relaxing music and block all of that out.
Something else that is essential for you as a parent or grandparent to do before a trip is to be positive when discussing it. This applies to both talking about it with you child and with any other adults. It is often surprising how much children can pick up about what adults are feeling. Even if they are not directly addressed. So it can be so beneficial to avoid discussing your own concerns within earshot.
However, this doesn’t mean you should dismiss you child or grandchild’s concerns about the trip if they express them. What is required here is a frank and honest discussion of what is bothering them and what can be done about it. This should be carried out in a compassionate way, making sure that not all of the responsibility falls on the child to moderate their fears.
Pack Reminders Of Home
Homesickness is definitely something that can get in the way of enjoying a school trip. But it is important for you to explain to your child that this is actually quite a normal experience when you are away from home.
It is also a great idea to put a plan of action into place, in case your child experiences this feeling. You might get them to take three deep breaths and remind themselves that everyone at home loves them. Or they can have a photo of their family on the phone, or in the key ring to remind them of everyone, and that they will be there when they get home.
They can even now use their mobile devices to text while they are away. Staying in contact like this can help to reduce homesickness. But it is important not to rely on this method too much, as one of the goals of a school trip is to foster a little independence in you child.
Celebrate Their Return
Lastly, a wonderful way of showing your child that they have made the achievement of surviving a school trip is to make a big deal of them when they return.
Make sure that you are there on time to pick them up, and take them and the rest of the family out for a meal. Listen to all of their experiences, and remind them that they are loved and what a great job they have done attending a school trip.
You can even let them know about this in advance, so they have something to look forward to when they return.