– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
The beginning of school can be filled with pressures for not only parents and teachers, but also kids. A friend’s five year old asked her mom before starting kindergarten, “How will I know where the bathroom is … and where is the restaurant in the cafeteria?”
At first the little girl’s questions brought a smile to my face, but then they reminded me of how stressful the beginning of school can be for kids. Some may wonder where the bathroom and “restaurant” are, while others might struggle with deeper questions such as “Will I make a good friend this year?” or “How can I keep my work organized while living with mom part of the week and dad the other part of the week?”
One of our grands started middle school this year and she was telling me about the challenges of opening her locker. The first day or two of school, she and a friend helped one another with their combination locks. But somehow they got their locks mixed up. You can guess what happened!
Imagine the pressure the girls must have felt as new 6th graders who didn’t have their books for class because they couldn’t get their lockers open? Fortunately it didn’t take long for them to figure out what happened.
Now might be a good time for us to tell our kids or grandkids a story about the pressures we faced at the beginning of school. I missed the first few days of First Grade because I had been sick. I remember standing in front of a class of complete strangers … terrified!
What about you?
Copyright © 2014 Mary May Larmoyeux
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.