The first week of school can be tough at any age. From the moment they step out of the house and onto the bus, kids enter a cauldron of shifting friendships, academic pressures, and confusing hormones. Anxious parents wave them on while wiping away tears, hoping the stings of their own adolescence won’t find their offspring. Everyone hopes things will go well.
And maybe, just maybe, that’s why things don’t always go well.