The annual end of summer blues... That's what I always call this time of year. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE summer, love summertime family activities and cherish all that comes with it. BUT this time of year always seems like a stressful bottleneck us parents go though until the kiddos are firmly planted back in the classroom.
The shift from the easy days of summer vacation to the hectic schedule can be dreadful. The end of summer can make any happy kid sad and anxious about going back to school.
Here are tips on how to help your kids beat those summer blues.
Begin adjusting bedtime, wake-up time, and eating schedules to avoid an abrupt switch onceschool starts. Slowly start to change some of the routine so it's not such a shock in September.
Let your kids help with setting up playdates, starting a chore or homework schedule, or shopping for school supplies and new outfits,
Listen to kids if they share feelings of sadness that summer's ending or feelings of anxiety about the upcoming school year. Don't minimize their thoughts or stop them from being heard.
Spending time together through playing, tickling, cuddling, and reading gives kids a thicker skin and more confidence when they go off on their own.
Designate an Official End of Summer. Whether it's having a barbecue, picnic, or campfire, or making a photo album, rituals can help create closure and allow kids to take happy memories with them into fall.
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