What’s the vibe at your house for back to school? Each child is different, so it could vary from exciting to excruciating. Stepping up to the next level can be exciting for the adventurer and excruciating for the worrier.
Some children cannot wait to get back! They may be as excited as their parents that school is back in session. For others, summer could last a lifetime. Here’s how to deal with some of the low and high vibes to get to the next level.
Listen to how your child feels about going back to school. The last couple of years has been tough with masks and mandates and lots of extra energy for safety. It’s normal for your child to wonder about what to expect, especially with so many changes.
Ask questions about what they are looking forward to and what they may be worried about. New teachers. New classrooms. New material. New schedules. New activities. New friends. It’s. A. Lot. Find out what they care about most.
Assure them. Stepping up is a challenge for everyone. Share stories and times when you stepped up, and even better, when they did. Building on past experiences builds confidence. Look for the little things that will comfort them as they take their education and experience to the next level.
Lastly, and as always, practice yoga. The courage and confidence you learn on the mat translate to everyday life. Breathing into challenges, and overcoming them, is very satisfying both on and off the mat!