Q. My son, Nick loved his teacher and class last year, but hasn’t connected this year.
A. For our kids, having a new teacher (or teachers) every fall is similar to us getting a new boss and being on a new team once a year. The most helpful thing you, as Nick’s mom, can do is listen to his concerns and respond empathetically. “She’s not funny like Ms. Crystal.” (You miss laughing.) “There’s no comfortable place for reading.” (Those soft couches were nice.) Ray sits on the other side of the room. (It’s hard to be separated.) “Recess is after lunch.” (That’s a bummer, you like a break in the morning.) “There are too many rules” (It’s hard to know what to do all the time.) Empathy goes a long way in Nick feeling understood by you, especially because you can’t change his class.
JoAnn Schauf | yourtweenandyou.com