Summer is here...the longer day and late sunsets...oh how I love it. Many of the stressors that adults and children typically struggle with and that wreak havoc on a home, magically disappear or are greatly reduced during this wonderful time we call summer. Kids are away at camp or off to grandparents, aunts, or uncles. Adults are taking vacations with friends or simply enjoying time without children. The stress has lessened. Insert a deep breath and sigh of relief.
As July's clock continues to tick, some people might notice anxiety creeping up in their children. Irritability, unexplained edginess, procrastination with scheduling or finalizing details when it comes to packing for college, clinginess, etc. School and college can be pretty scary places now. Many adults have jobs that they do not love, bosses who micromanage, co-workers with poor boundaries, unrealistic expectations, unspoken fears of organizational restructuring...there are many feelings that come with waking up in the morning, preparing for a commute in to that. Children experience similar feelings when it comes to school. Be on the look out for those feelings when summer begins to wind down...and reflect empathy.