Yesterday was my oldest’s first day back to school. He started middle school and boy was it tough. Not sure if it was more tough on him or on me. Still trying to figure that one out. I could tell he was nervous, anxious, and excited all at once. He woke up that morning not in the best of moods. I think it was the combination of all those different emotions plus a good dose of tween hormones going in every possible direction.
We tried to get him excited, reminded him how much fun he’s going to have catching up with friends he hasn’t seen in months, and he was more than prepared for middle school. It didn’t work. In fact, I think we may have over done it. Then right before had to leave, we realized he forgot to put a few things in his book bag the night before. Needless to say, we arrived to school four minutes late on the first day.
Today was a different story. We were all ready, it was smooth and there was no incidents. We also arrived to school 25 minutes early. My son even gave me a kiss as he left. The difference between yesterday and today is that we did not make it a big deal. In fact, we may have all avoided eye contact with our middle schooler. We didn’t push anything, didn’t offer a big hot breakfast, we just kept.it.cool.
Then it clicked! Yesterday, we were the goofy parents putting all the pressure on our Tween. Today, we were cool, calm, non-interested. As with anything, the less interest, excitement, or favor towards anything you show a Tween, the more likely you’ll get them to do what you really want them to do.
So how do you make Back to School Cool for your Tween? Do nothing. No big breakfast, no special lunch, no big photo shoot before you leave the house. Nada.
But there’s a trick to get your photo. You’ll snap it right before he walks into school. At that point, there’s nothing he can really do to spoil the moment. And he has no choice. Snap it, then run back into the car. And that’s how you make back to school cool for your middle schooler.
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