A few days ago, I was in a store watching how a mother tried to motivate her son to choose some notebooks and a new backpack for the 2nd grade. He did not seem very excited; he just nodded patiently at her suggestions. I have been in the same situation many times, in that same store. And the fact is that parents do look forward to the new school year. We are proud that our children have advanced and we are relieved to see them busy again. But for some reason, every year we try to convince ourselves that our kids should also be happy about going to school.
Parents often tell me with surprise and concern that their children do not like school, and that they become sad when it comes time to leave home in the morning, especially after a vacation. And I ask them, “What is so strange about it? Why wouldn’t they prefer to stay at home, playing in their pajamas all day?” In fact, it amazes me that most children go back to classes without much complaining - good job parents! I always advise parents to be a little more realistic about how children feel about school.
For now, please allow your kids to enjoy these last days of summer, and speak as little as possible about going back to school.