You probably remember the commercial for the office supply store. In the background you hear the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Parents are skipping while pushing the shopping cart through the store. The children walk slowly behind them looking sad. It is the beginning of a new school year.
For those of us who have/had children who struggle with some type of academic work, to bring home the right books, or now have trouble with completing assignments online – this is NOT the most wonderful time of the year.
You may feel sad as you anticipate the crying and arguing that will begin again over homework. You anticipate feeling likes it’s the movie “Groundhog Day” as you explain to new teachers, yet again, about your child’s learning challenges. You will tell professionals (who should know better) that what they are calling “laziness” or lack of motivation is ADHD.
Students are excited about the beginning of a new school year. Try not to let your anxiety spread to them. You will smile as they pick out new school supplies, new shoes, a new lunchbox. Do some relaxing activities together in the time that is left. Go for a walk or bike ride in the evening. Pack dinner and head out to a park. Make some good memories for you and your children before school starts to get you over the initial hurdle. Usually the most meaningful time with our children is low cost and spontaneous.
For more traditional “Back to School” advice regarding time management, the morning routine and organization, click here and look for tips in the lefthand sidebar.