Some kids are really confident about going back to school after a break, and some are not. I have a combination of two kids who love the stimulation and rush about the beginning of the school days, and two kids that find it quite confronting.
It makes the beginning of the school term a bit of a juggle. I have kids that can’t wait to get rid of me, and kids that want to cling, but not look like they are clinging. I have the nerves, the excitement, and the stress.
There is no right way to really cope with this. Be understanding, be supportive, be present, and then let the nervous ones work it out at their own pace. If you have a bad morning, and tears, make a deal about walking with them to their classroom the next morning, or a deal about leaving them on the road, if they want to be independent.
The biggest thing is to keep the communication going, and appreciate that what ever situation you lived through as a child, it may be, or may not be, similar. Be open to letting your child lead with their thoughts, fears or excitement and try not to colour their experiences with your own.
Good luck this week – some of us will come through smiling and some of us will end up sitting in our cars in tears.