Education

Transitionitis

By Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily — June 21, 2007 1 min read

Do you know someone who’s feeling blue about the end of the school year? Maybe they’re acting out, being difficult as the school calendar counts down? Well, they’re not alone, it turns out. “Transitionitis,” as a blogger at The Boston Globe calls it, affects more students than you might suspect. “Children of all ages have a love-hate relationship with the end of school. The culture tells them they are supposed to be happy (no more pencils, no more books!) but what many of them actually feel is sad and confused,” Barbara Meltz writes in her Child Caring blog. The best remedy is to talk with kids about their feelings and to acknowledge that it’s OK to miss school or some aspect of it. “Even then, a 3rd or 4th grade boy may not share with you, but you’ve at least normalized the feelings for him, “Meltz says.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.