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Guest blogger Charlotte: School starts August 30, and my son is scared to death to go back.

mom and son at school

After a homework-free summer, he's spooked to start fourth grade. He has been telling me every day that he wants it to be "summer forever."

I can understand how it would be difficult to get back into the routine again. After all, he's been sleeping in, playing basketball with his friends and going to day camp for two months. Compared to that, I'm sure "reading, writing and 'rithmetic" sounds like no fun at all.

However, I try to tell him that a new school year will bring new adventures. He'll reconnect with his buddies at school and experience the excitement of having a new teacher. He'll get to play at recess and eat lunch in the cafeteria. And, most importantly, he'll learn new things and become a smarter young man -- which is what school is all about!

As the days count down, I hope his anxiety will wane and his excitement will build. Because the first day of school is a day that should be celebrated, not dreaded -- especially when you're only in the fourth grade!

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Rita August 18, 2010, 11:48 AM

Is there an underlying reason he may not want to go back to school, something you might not be aware of? Maybe he was bullied, maybe his teacher was too strict for his liking, maybe the work is too easy or too hard for him and he’s having trouble completing assignments. Sit down with him, dish out some ice cream (or whatever) and see if you can find his fear of going back to school.

Good luck, I hope everything works out!

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