The summer is drawing to a close, and the children are working hard at driving their parents crazy. What do you do with them those last several weeks before the school bell rings?
Harrisburg residents are glued to their TV sets as preparations take place for Hurricane Irene’s debut. Everyone is wondering how intense the storms will be in this area. The children continue to do what they do, seemingly unconcerned. All they care about is changing the channel.
The first several weeks of the summer vacation were great. The children were excited about summer. Playing with friends, cycling, camping, fishing, swimming, vacationing, hanging out, and sleeping in. The best part was no homework.
Betsy Brown Braun, a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator and founder of Parenting Pathways Inc, assures that “Wherever you are, learning opportunities abound.” She adds, “Learning is about thinking, exploring, questioning, expanding your horizons, having new experiences and using and growing the skills you have cultivated all year long.”
At the start of the summer break you can almost believe it. According to a local veterinarian, who is also father of five, claimed that as the summer passes, boredom sneaks into those active fireballs. “What do you do with them,” he asks.
After the trip to the shore or the vacation at Grandma’s, things seem to drag for them; but cheer up. The kids perk up as they look forward to the back to school shopping trips. Every new fad imaginable has hit their brain, and the battle is on to maintain your equilibrium. Conversations may sound something like this:
“No, you can’t wear that to school.”
“But everyone is wearing it.” (Everyone but you.)
“We can’t afford those sneakers.”
“I’ll get a job.” (Sure he will.)
“ I’ll be the only one who —“
You fill in the blanks. If you’ve been in the parent role for any length of time, you know the script.
You might want to go online and find sites that will help you to become creative for the countdown. In the meantime, check out the guide below to help you empathize with those back-to-school blues.
- Kindergarten children may show signs of separation anxiety: feeling ill, lethargic, panicky, crying spells, tantrums.
- Elementary school children might worry about a School Bus ride, making friends, finding their way around, etc.
- Middle School children may stress about getting homework, their abilities, especially physically, bullying, and social skills.
- High school students sometimes become either super shy or unbelievably insolent.
Parents, take a trip back in time to when you were their age. Your children need your support at this time. Before you entertain the idea of giving them up for adoption, take a deep breath and enjoy the journey. This too shall pass.