Posted on August 30, 2014 | By lauren
I’m pretty sure I cried on the first day of school every year. As a kid and a teacher! I know I had butterflies in my stomach, and some years I even threw up. Don’t get me wrong: I loved school. As a kid and a teacher! Shopping for school supplies was (and is) one of my favorite activities. I relished the opportunity to see friends again and dive back into a normal schedule.
But it was always new.
New teacher, new classmates, maybe a new school. As an adult I heard someone say that good stress is stress too. This resonates with my first-day-of-school experiences. Even though I was excited to start back up again, it was still a stressful experience. Often my anxiety would melt away if a good friend was in my same class or my teacher seemed nice. But if things didn’t go as I’d hoped (on my first day of 6th grade in a new town I got seated in a desk on the “boy” side of the room), I might fuss and fret for days.
So parents take heart: if your kiddo comes home from day 1 with wet cheeks offer a hug and an extra special snack and let them know that good stress is stress too.