March 6, 2012
by Aurelia Williams
Contributed by Mary Kay Hafer, School Psychologist
March winds bring in a lot more than April showers they bring a feeling of being trapped to children. Trapped inside studying, trapped by the system that is keeping them from running around carefree in the beautiful sunshine and mild weather. You’ll notice that children start seeming absent minded, lazy, or hyperactive.
Those symptoms do not seem to correlate, but they do. Children may be hyper during a study session because they want to get outside. Conversely, they might seem lazy because the days are getting longer and due to the extra sunlight, it is harder to fall to sleep at night. If you have older children, they may even be experiencing anxiety due to the change to come. The end of a school year signifies the beginning of a new time in their lives, and the pressures that go with that can be overwhelming sometimes.