As the school year winds down, children’s excitement for the freedom of summer often winds up. Your child might be waiting with enthusiasm for that final bell to ring and then, when it finally does, he or she is suddenly sad.
All transitions are hard but the school-to-summer one can sometimes take kids and their parents by surprise. Children often miss their friends. Or they miss the routine and structure of the classroom. Or they have mixed feelings about camp.
With this in mind, we offer the following five tips to help ease the school-to-summer transition in your household:
Summer bean and corn salad is delicious and easy to make for your next summer barbecue. Read more
I’m Going on a Picnic is great fun at the dinner or picnic table, or anywhere really! Guaranteed silliness will ensue. Read more.
This month’s conversation starters are all about noticing and dealing with change.
Talk in detail about something or someone you’ve seen change, like a younger sibling, the moon or a caterpillar.
If you could change one thing about your family or about school, what would it be?
In the book Green Eggs and Ham, Sam-I-am refuses to try green eggs and ham. Then he does and he likes them. Has something similar ever happened to you?
Talk about a time something changed for you, something beyond your control. Have your feelings about this event changed over time?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?
Do you have a favorite movie, book or song that deals with change? Why is this your favorite?
The poet Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” What do you think she meant by this? Have you ever had to do this?
Talk about the most difficult transition you’ve experienced in your lifetime.