Back to school…
Back to school…it’s such a process isn’t it? Some parents are excited; ready for the return to schedules and routine. Some parents are feeling rushed; supplies not purchased, and feeling like summer cannot be ‘done’ yet.
For the kids, it is a flurry of mixed emotions. Some are so excited; they have new clothes, miss their friends, can’t wait to find out who their teacher is, and love all things about school. For others; indifference…they are ‘ok’ with returning, however will miss the fun and wildness that is summertime. Then we have those that are not looking forward to the return, at all. Although stress, fear, worry and anxiety are words we don’t like having to use when talking about children, it’s very real. For some kids, the notion of returning is stomach turning, and frankly immobilizing. It might be due to academic, social or emotional challenges. It may be change; perhaps a move to a new school or a new family structure.
There are more scenarios than I’ve listed. My message today is one of compassion. Can we be sure to remind our kids, big and small, that this can be a tough time for some. Can we ask them to put their heads up, look around, and see where they can share their confidence and kindness with someone else? Can we invite them to step into the shoes of others, and know that school is really hard for some, and that they can be part of making it SO much better just by befriending someone they might not have otherwise?
Please, when packing the backpacks and lunch kits, can you also prepare your sweeties with patience, kindness, compassion and empathy towards others? I promise you the impact will change another child’s year.
Go back with smiles and confidence kiddos. Thinking of you all. JMJ