It’s that time of year again I see it, I smell it, and I can feel it. What time did you ask? Back to school time! Nothing’s more exciting than heading back to school with your new clothes and cool book bag ready to go. I remember having the feelings of excitement run through my bones just to rock my newest outfit.
The day finally arrived and I stepped out of the car and into the bright blue hallway only to freeze. I froze because I didn’t fit in, my style was too “different” and my hair didn’t stay in that sweet press. Then came the words whispering around me “look at her hair, ugh those shoes, she’s so dark, and the icing on the cake she can’t sit with us. My heart sank and I wanted to melt into the ground.
Put yourself in many students shoes like mine or maybe like yours. How do we teach our kids to accept those that may not look like them? Well here are a few things parents, friends, and guardians can do to help ease the anxiety of the back to school pressure.
- Talk with your child the night before school.
- Remind them of the golden rule “treat others how you’d want to be treated”
- If they have a problem tell the teacher (yes teachers may have a bad taste in our mouth these days but they are there to help!)
- Talk about strategies for staying safe, such as staying near adults or groups of other kids
- Let them know you are there to help and protect them.
Hopefully, these few tips can help avoid the back to school blues. May this year be your child’s best year yet. My prayer is that every child remains safe, healthy, and loved. I’m looking forward to meeting my new students and growing with them throughout the year. Be sure to share this post and drop a comment of tips you may have to aid in avoiding the back to school blues.
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