Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
It's that time of year again. I recall many childhood summers where, about mid-August, that anxious anticipation kicked in as I worried about heading back to school. More recently, I recall my daughter's trepidation as summer drew to a close.
Like mother like daughter?
But, having worked with many other school-aged children and families, I know that this is not a unique experience. For my part, despite knowing this feeling myself as a child, I still struggled for many years as a parent to be truly open to my daughter's expressions of anxiety and dismay as September loomed. I recall trying to convince and reassure her that all would be well; that she was worrying for nothing; that she just needed to look at the bright side - and then working to generate a list of all the great things the start of a new school year brings...including seeing friends, Halloween, and Christmas!
I suspect we've all been there at least once.
But, what would happen if we just acknowledged to our children that, yes, it is hard to have summer come to an end; it is anxiety provoking to consider all the unknowns of a new school year; it is going to be a dramatic change in workload; AND you'll be there to help them face the challenges? What could our children experience then?