Ahh, the fall, the time of year when the trees shed their leaves, the jack-o-lanterns burn bright and hot apple cider is plentiful. What could be lovelier: Your children are back in school!
While this is a joyous season for most parents, it can be fraught with its own special brand of stress. With Saturn going into Libra on October 29, you can expect your child to learn and grow in a big way in the realm of relating to others. Below is a survival guide by the stars of what you can expect from your little one this school year.
Expect that a close friendship will be tested. A falling out with a best friend should not come as a surprise. A good bond will last or expect a new BFF to be around the corner.
Hard work is the theme for this year. Spelling tests and arithmetic could prove more daunting than usual. Consider helping your child by buddying them up with a tutor or a study partner.
Your child talks too much at school – this is a given. But this year, you may have to contend with them also goofing off too much. Get them re-focused by signing them up for an art class or a dance class to help them burn energy in a more productive way.
You might have a tougher time than usual getting your child to calmly exit your presence in the beginning of the year; however, as the months go on, you can expect some maturity in this department. Make sure to transition your child to a best friend or teacher before dashing out the back door a quickly as possible.
This is a year where your child may have some “difficulties” with reading, writing or language. The reality may be that she just needs a little more time to master the task at hand. Patience is what is required and an understanding that with time your child will catch up and move beyond the pack.
This is the year your child will decide that she needs everything her best friend has in order to fit in. While it is tempting to indulge your child for the sake of being “cool” it won’t pay in the end. This is a tough lesson your child must learn.
This is the year your child will officially understand the concept of popularity. For better or for worse he will be confronted with some choices about how he chooses handle his independence and social status.
This year your child’s imagination has the potential to take off like never before. What this means for your little one is difficult to say. An imaginary friend might be in the offering or maybe just lots of tea parties with friends. Either way you should encourage healthy outlets for make-believe.
This year marks the year when your child takes a leadership role at school. Encourage your child to run for student counsel or try out for the lead in the school play.
Your little goat is notoriously serious and this year won’t be any different. School can weigh heavily if you don’t help give your child some perspective on failures and successes. You win some, you lose some. If a teacher is calling attention to your child unnecessarily, have a frank and honest conversation with both your child and the student about any issues.
If your notice your child is bored at school, she might not be being challenged enough. Talk to teachers about what can be done to give your little one a bit more freedom or some different subjects to re-engage her interest.
While your child has a mellow side, this year, he may discover the power a tantrum can yield or older children may find their way into the “wrong” crowd. Take some extra time this school year to pay attention on your child’s activities and make sure they get positive reinforcement for a job well done and discipline when they are off track.