The First Days of School — Why Is It So Hard To Let Go?

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The first day of school can be rough for many families. Sure, there are the veteran parents that have navigated the morning craziness entailed in getting the whole family out the door on time & seem to have it all together in terms of scheduling and strategy. But, for the most part, a lot of stress, sadness, and anxiety come with the kiddos heading back to school. Local & national news teams take the time to do human interest stories on how students & parents react to the first day(s), but for those of you that tracked your friends’/families/colleagues’ social media pics about the first day, you’ll notice that many of the parents had the hardest time letting go. Some parents feel a little empty while others are just generally a little sad. Then, you have the parents (namely, Mom) that are absolute wrecks!

While we here at PCSM/LCFA don’t have all of the answers, we figured we’d at least let you know that you are not alone if you feel that starting, or returning to, school has been rough on you. Here are a few articles about the subject, even with a little info for the other end of the start-of-school spectrum as you may have a kid (or kiddos) leaving for college. We hope that these articles bring you some level of peace of mind.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/starting-school/separation-anxiety/

http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topics/stress/stress03

http://www.fredrogers.org/parents/first-experiences/kindergarten.php

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/letting-go-new-college-students/

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