OK, all together now:
No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks…
No, wait. That’s wrong. That’s for the start of the summer. What we need is a classic rhyme about the end of it. Unfortunately, children across the ages have not been inspired to compose poetry about this time of year. Neither, apparently, was Alice Cooper. So we’ll have to proceed in prose.
And proceed we must, whether the kids want to or not: It’s back-to-school time! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools resume classes on Monday, Aug. 28. And if your children are in some other system, they may have started back already.
So no time for whining or putting it off, boys and girls. Pick up those pencils, and the books, and your laptops and iPads, and as for the teachers looks — well, their expressions are probably not all that sour yet, although we offer no guarantees regarding later in the year. Try to behave, and maybe they’ll stay sweet for awhile.
And seriously, parents, if your kids do feel stressed about the return of academic rigor to their lives, there are ways to help. Here are some tips on Minimizing Back-to-School Dread. Check it out.
Maybe your kids actually look forward to going back to school. We just read that “most are actively looking forward to it.” Of course, that comes from a news service over in England, but maybe it even applies to regular kids here in the land of the free.
You may even recall having looked forward to going back to school this time of year yourself when you were young, and being excited on that first day. Maybe not so much on the second day, but, you know…
Being serious again, if your kids remain stressed, there’s plenty of good advice out there. Here’s how to manage Back to School Anxiety. And here are 16 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Back-To-School! The internet is full of this stuff. Of course, you might reply that the the internet is full of all sorts of things, but some of this might be helpful. Here’s a whole page of such links.
And if they’re still not thrilled about it, offer hope: It will all be over on Friday, June 7, 2024.