The beginning of another school year brings excitement and nervousness. And for those starting at a new school, it can also bring stress. Beth Moore, a seasoned school counselor, offers practical tips on how we can help our children adjust to their new surroundings with a few intentional steps.
Mom, I’m not sure I should have signed up for AP English,” says Adam, a high school freshman. “I’ve heard it’s really hard.” Adam, a smart student who doesn’t want to disappoint his parents, lacks confidence in his ability to keep up with the work required in his upcoming classes. His main fear centres on academics.
A new school year. It seems you either dread it or embrace it. For those who embrace it, a new school year is ripe with possibility and opportunities for growth and exploration. A new grade with new friends to make, new topics to learn about, new abilities to test.
Back-to-school is my favorite time of the year; the air is crisp and there is promise of a new start. I always feel like September is the real ‘New Year.’ Most children see September as a fresh start - a chance to start over and fix past mistakes. However, with that hope of a fresh new start comes a lot of pressure. Children begin to focus on their social groups: ‘Will these new kids like me?’ ‘Has the summer changed my friends and now they won’t want to hang out with me?’
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