It is that time of year again… Thankful to have made it another year but so often the excitement of back to school is overshadowed by feelings of fear, worry, and overwhelm. And Im not talking about the parents ; )
Every year it seems around the winding down of summer I begin to see an influx of clients ages 11-16 for the same reasons- back to school stress. The reasons may appear different at first but so often they all seem to be experiencing similar thoughts. These thoughts look like like- who’s in my classes (so I have a friend or two or so I can avoid perceived drama), what”s my workload look like (can I handle the expectations), and how do I balance all of the activities I want to be a part of (and still have a life).
As we get closer to the beginning of a new school year the stress builds in these kids. Knowing this is great for everyone else because now we can help ease some of that stress so that they can get the most out of the new year- so that they can grow and evolve in the most positive way possible. So what can we do? Below are some questions to ask kids during this time of year. These questions will allow them to think about the positive parts of the experience which will help create a more positive experience.
Here are just a few simple things you can ask any young person going back to school:
- What are you hoping to learn (more) about in this new year?
- What are you most looking forward to doing that you haven’t yet?
- Is there anything you would like to try doing differently this year?
- What do you think may surprise you this year?
- What do you think you are going to be really really good at?
Asking these questions will help to stimulate positive thinking about the experience before it happens. It allows their mind to imagine achievement and success which supports confidence and self esteem. These are powerful tools for our young people. Lets empower them this year. Cheer them on. Watch them soar beyond what we could ever expect of them.
Wishing you and yours an exceptionally wonderful new school year.