After School—Keys to a Happy Transition Each Day

By Barbara Danza, Epoch Times

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Something that surprised me when my children started attending school was how challenging the hour or two after school could be some days.

After 6 hours in school (6 hours and 25 minutes, actually, but who’s counting?) my usually happy little ones would exhibit crankiness, sadness, and fatigue. They generally struggled to transition into their afternoon of homework or after-school activities.

It soon became clear to me that insisting on homework five minutes after they walked in the door wasn’t ideal, nor was relentlessly asking them how their day had gone. Rather, allowing for a gentle welcome back to their warm home and providing some freedom and peace to unwind in made for happier kids and better afternoons.

As the new school year kicks off, here are some ideas to consider when your children come home from school.

A Soft Place to Fall

I remember back in the day, psychologist and talk show host Dr. Phil appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss relationships. He talked about partners ideally maintaining “a soft place to fall” for one another.

I’ve always liked that vision of providing “a soft place to fall” for our loved ones. This is what I think our kids need when they come home from school.

They’ve been cooped up inside, sitting for long hours, directed by adults all day, tied to a strict and often rushed schedule, and soaked in an environment that likely requires patience and tolerance to navigate through at times.

As parents, rather than continuing the trend of rushing through the day and ticking items off a to-do list, perhaps we can keep softness in mind and cushion their transition home by simply slowing down and being gentle, kind, and compassionate.

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