It's the best of times… it's the worst of times. On one hand, getting ready to send the kids back to school is an exciting fresh start. On the other hand, adjusting to a routine can sometimes be met with tantrums, anxiety and a host of new issues to tackle.
Fortunately, Ophira and Tali Edut of The AstroTwins, are here to help you navigate the unique challenges posed by your tot's astrological profile with wisdom from their latest book, Momstrology. Find more of their celestial parenting insight at Momstrology.com.
If your child's an Aries… Hello tantrums! Transitioning back to school can be jarring for Aries, so a total meltdown might be their way of saying: back off! "Aries kids can be take-charge and also play rough, so parents and teachers may not realize how sensitive they are on the inside," say the AstroTwins. They get very attached to doing things their way. "Help them start to create their own rituals and practices for getting ready for school or daycare, such as choosing clothes, new bedding or school supplies—so they feel a sense of ownership in the process," The AstroTwins suggest.
If your child's a Taurus… Because Taurus kids are creatures of habit, they might find it difficult to switch gears when summer vacation ends. One way to motivate your baby Bull? Design an incentive program, where, over time, good behavior will be rewarded with something material. This is a way to teach Taurus kids to earn their indulgences, without cultivating laziness, according to The AstroTwins. "That said, a special treat to celebrate their first day—ice cream or one new toy—is an excellent transition ritual."
If your child's a Gemini… An antsy Gemini has a short attention span and requires variety. "Gemini kids do well in schools and classrooms that let them be self-directed or follow a play-based, hands-on learning model," The AstroTwins say. "If your Gemini child's school offers anything like that, try putting them in programs where these little jacks-of-all-trades can dabble and explore." You also may be able to help keep these notoriously restless kids focused by making sure they start each day with a balanced breakfast and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If your child's a Cancer… Naturally shy Cancer kids are likely to cling tightly to their parents. Though cutting the cord with a little Crab can be a challenge, remember that they ultimately just need to feel safe, say The AstroTwins. "They seek familiar anchors for security, like their friends, a favorite book bag or beloved teacher," The AstroTwins say. "They may need to bring a 'transitional object' such as a doll or bear to school." Or think about hosting a back-to-school bash for your child's closest pals to reinforce the idea that your kid is entering a friendly environment.
If your child's a Leo… Lion cubs thrive on positive reinforcement—but you don't need to stock up on goodies to make them feel adequately encouraged to get back in the swing of things. "Attention and acknowledgment can be a Leo kid's greatest prize," say The AstroTwins. "They just want to know that you've noticed their dazzling antics and achievements. Hugs and affection go far, and so does quality time." Leo children also love making special memories, so instead consider celebrating their milestones with a special dinner, a trip to the ice cream parlor or movie tickets.
If your child's a Virgo… Even at a young age, Virgos like to plan and organize. "They feel most relaxed when they know what to expect and may become anxious when things are too chaotic," say The AstroTwins. Because Virgo is the sign of the helper, you may be able to comfort your child with back-to-school chores or other tasks that become a soothing ritual. "These detail-oriented kids also need to channel their energy into hobbies that build technique and mastery, like martial arts, dance or an instrument," advise Tali and Ophira.
If your child's a Libra… Socially, Libras are well equipped for school. But actually getting them out the door on time can be a real battle for this sign, according to The AstroTwins. "Cut down on the number of choices in the morning—outfits, breakfast, which backpack to carry. Libras like to weigh every decision carefully and will lose track of time when faced with too many options," say The AstroTwins. "Also, watch the sugary cereals, breakfast pastries and juices, since this sign can develop a sweet tooth like no other."
If your child's a Scorpio… Sometimes Scorpio tykes can be obsessive or possessive. If you know your Scorpio has an intense streak, chat with the teacher in advance, suggest The AstroTwins. "At the same time, watch for giving Scorpio too much special treatment," they caution. "It may be that your mini Mussolini has you wrapped around his finger, but with a teacher, little Scorpio will defer to authority." In addition, Scorpio kids hate surprises, so whenever you can, give them an idea about what to expect from their school days.
If your child's a Sagittarius… Wee Archers can be restless and typically require a frequent change of scenery. "Getting a young Sagittarius to sit still can be an art form," The AstroTwins say. "If your Sagittarius isn't paying attention in class, make sure that she isn't bored or stuck or stifled," The AstroTwins recommend. "This opinionated sign likes to share in class, and stricter teachers could suppress that spirit." In addition, even if your Sag has two left feet (this sign can be klutzy), make sure they get lots of physical activity after school. They may benefit from extracurricular mental stimulation, as well.
If your child's a Capricorn… Overachievers to the core, pint-sized Capricorns can be ridiculously hard on themselves. "In some cases, they become model students or athletes who think their worth depends on their stellar accomplishments," say The AstroTwins. "Others set the bar so high for themselves they actually start to underperform or give up." Either way, Cap kids might miss out on all of the joys of being young. As you prepare for the new school year, help take some of the weight off of your Capricorn's shoulders with frequent reminders that you love them unconditionally.
If your child's an Aquarius… Aquarius kids tend to get caught up joking with their peers, sticking up for their unusual beliefs and pushing boundaries, which won't always fly at school. "Definitely don't crush their unique spirits—just make sure your Aquarian isn't a rebel without a cause," say the AstroTwins. Give your Aquarius ways to channel their energy, which can get lost in all sorts of interesting places. "Teach them a healthy respect for authority, but also give them space to question something if it seems unfair. Your little mad scientist may have a point, so listen!"
If your child's a Pisces… Sweet, sensitive Pisces' emotions could pose challenges when it comes to adapting to scholastic life. "Pisces are often visual or imaginative, so sending them uplifting notes and drawings can help the delicate Fish," say The AstroTwins. "At the same time, Pisces are tougher than they let on, and parents need to be careful not to cultivate a victim complex in these kids." Encourage Pisces kids to stick up for themselves and to try not to take everything so personally, recommend The AstroTwins.