It's easy to dismiss your child's back-to-school blues as just not wanting the summer fun to end. On the other end of the spectrum, a "blah" response to the new school year can sound alarm bells about not being academically motivated.
In reality, however, heading into a new school year is the single largest transition children face. We tend to forget just how much time they spend in this whole other world away from home. As my son said after his first day of kindergarten when I went to wake him for school, "Wait, this is every day?"
Having anxiety around this shift does not mean your kids are uninterested in learning or even that they don't like school — the fall just represents a big change for all of us. We can all use some additional tools for heading into new situations. Simply encouraging our children to check in and notice their breath in and out, and how they are feeling in their bodies, creates a feeling of calm that can have lasting benefits.
Doing simple yoga exercises with your child can also be a fun way to put mindfulness techniques into action and incorporate more ease (for both of you) into this new season.