From our principal
As a mother of a young "school age" child, I am beginning to see more clearly how a child can behave one way at school - and another way at home! When I pick up my son from school, I am often greeted with glowing reports: "He had a great day today!" "He was so funny today!" "He really seems to be enjoying school!"
And then - we get in the car. Everything changes. My giggle monster suddenly fights even the most basic request. At times he seems unconsolable, as his demands grow less and less rational. Granted my child is 3 years old, but after sharing this sentiment with parents of various ages, it seems like this occurrence is more common than I suspected.
Studies show that focus and self control can actually be limited resources. If your child is truly stepping outside of their comfort zone, applying knowledge to new skills, they might actually be "running on empty" by the end of the day. So when they return home, to us, the people that they can trust the most in the world, we may be the recipient of their "emotional cleanse." It feels safe for them to relax, and release some of the day's tension.
They need our support even when they are pushing us away: literally and figuratively. Just remember that you are not alone. And that it may actually be a good indicator that your child is exhibiting their best effort throughout the school day. There are some specific ways that we as parents and teachers can support our kiddos. I wanted to share a few resources that I found to be thought-provoking and re-assuring at the same time!