School BusIf, after school has started again, your children are still singing the blues because summer is over it may take some extra attention to get them back into the swing of things.

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers tips for getting your children acclimated before school starts in "Dealing with the back-to-school blues?,” quoting Lynn Bufka, PhD., "Working with your children to build resilience and manage their emotions can be beneficial for the psychological health of the whole family.”

Talk it out: If your child remains nervous after a return to school, you can encourage him or her to talk to you so you can figure out why. It could be that there are social challenges your child did not face in previous years. Or it may be that your child is anxious about completing schoolwork. Some years, children ease right in and in other years, schoolwork takes extra effort at first. At Horizon Education Centers, our 21st Century Community Learning Centers deliver hundreds of engaging learning activities specially designed to promote a student’s desire to learn and to provide opportunities for student learning that are directly related to specific skills that students need to excel.

Show empathy: Busy adults sometimes think children have it simple. Adults forget that for them childhood may seem easy in comparison to adulthood but children don't have these years of experience for comparison. says, "Let your children know that you are aware of what they’re going through and that you will be there to help them in the process. It is important to encourage your children to face their fears instead of falling in to the trap of encouraging avoidance."

Ask for help: To invest in your child’s academic success, you may need to contact your child's school and work with your child's teacher if you find that he or she remains overwhelmed. And of course you can rely on Horizon Education Centers to help as well.

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