In May, parents and kids often look like warriors limping to the end-of-school finish line, gasping for that refreshing, rejuvenating summer air that only comes after the final bell on the final day of school. By August, many of the same parents (and maybe fewer kids) have the same look of anguish as they reach summer’s finish line and look to the beginning of the coming academic year. How can these diametrically opposed races have such different tracks yet, often, the same relief at the finish line? While school is often targeted as the culprit of bringing too much stress, too many expectations and more social and academic demands than ever, it also provides a structure, something where the majority of children and adolescents thrive.
The beginning of the school year typically is accompanied by some combination of excitement, fear and/or the promise of a new start. A child or adolescent’s previous academic experiences weigh heavily on the balance of each of those three states. Parents often are seeking to make changes and provide support where previous challenges existed. The following downloadable tip guide provides recommendations, resources and help to lay the groundwork for a successful structure, additional information from nationally recognized thought leaders and help change the often dreaded, monotonous dialogue that can plague that first, post-school day interaction.