Sending one's children back to school at the end of summer is always a bittersweet experience for parents. It's good to know that your children have reached another milestone in their journey toward becoming aware and educated young adults, but it's also rather unsettling. Today's schools are often overcrowded and underfunded, and parents often worry how their child will fare amongst the other children and with a new crop of teachers and subjects.
Your children, hopefully, will be among the lucky ones who draw dedicated teachers, small classes, and nice classmates, but even so, at the beginning of each school year, they still have to adjust to a totally new situation. The first day of school can be an unsettling experience under the best of circumstances - but this is where astrology can come in handy!
Knowledge of your child's Sun Sign can help you get your child through the first day, and on track to thrive in school. Check your child's Sun Sign element and quality below for some quick and easy tips to get your child off to a great start this school year!
Your Child's Sun Sign Element:
Sun Signs are grouped into four elements - fire, earth, air, and water.
Fire Sign Children - Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius:
If your child is a native of a fire sign, he or she is sure to stand out from the rest of the class. They are often the most athletic kids, and thus glean admiration through their talent for sports. Fire signs have a way of taking control of a situation right from the start and becoming strong leaders - and therefore, your child shouldn't be bullied by anyone. Unfortunately, if your fiery child is the more aggressive type, he or she could become the bully. Parents of fire children need to thoroughly educate their kids in the importance of kindness, politeness, and diplomacy - emphasizing that effective leadership lies in being liked and respected. The best way to do this, of course, is by example.
Earth Sign Children - Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn:
The earth sign children usually find it quite easy to adjust. The first thing they'll do is seek out their own territory, finding a desk near their friends from last year and settling in. They tend to be the best-behaved kids and the least likely to cause trouble. Often they seem to be listening raptly to the teacher, but appearances can be misleading. If they're not interested in the subject, they could be off in their own world, absorbing little if anything. Parents of earth children need to point out to them the practicality of learning as much as they can - even if they hate some of the subjects. They'll thrive using their hands whether building forts or in art class, and if your earth child seems a little unmotivated, get them outdoors after school to soak up some of Mother Nature's replenishing energy.
Air Sign Children - Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius:
The air sign children are usually among the smartest kids in the class, and also the ones most socially adept. They tend to be very popular with their peers. They learn quickly and get their work done quickly. However, often to the dismay of their teachers, once their work is done, they might interrupt the work of other students who aren't quite as bright or quick. They get bored easily, and could disrupt the class by passing notes or whispering. Parents should emphasize to their air children that some kids need more time to get their work done - and it's not fair for them to make it hard for the other kids. A fantastic way to channel all that air sign energy is to sign your kid up to be a classroom helper, or teacher's assistant for a younger grade. They'll love being the smarty pants - and they'll positively use that overflow of intellectual buzz.
Water Sign Children - Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces:
If your child is a water sign they'll more than likely be the quieter ones in the classroom, and sensitive to the feelings of the teacher and their fellow students. Their vivid and fertile imaginations often cause them to be the ones called most often to come to the front of the classroom and read reports or tell stories. They are also the first to run to comfort a fellow student who is hurt or upset. The difficulty with water children is that their feelings are often easily hurt, especially by a bully. Water children sometimes come home in tears, declaring that they're never going back. It's important for parents of water children to keep convincing them that school is too important to be abandoned because of a spiteful kid. Getting them involved in art and music can be excellent ways to build their confidence.
Your Child's Sun Sign Quality:
Sun Signs are also divided into three qualities - cardinal, fixed, and mutable.
Cardinal Sign Children - Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn:
Children who are natives of cardinal signs often start their schoolwork assignments completely gung-ho. They pitch right in and get some of it done almost immediately. However, like the hare in the old fable, cardinal children tend to get easily distracted and lose interest, and thus take three times as long to complete the second half. Parents need to point out that every bit of schoolwork offers something vital - and insist continuously that their child do his or her best to keep up a steady pace until the assignment is done.
Fixed Sign Children - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius:
Fixed sign children are like the tortoise in the fable. They are careful, and take pains to get every detail correct - even down to the way their letters are formed. They check their own spelling and answers to arithmetic problems, and, if they're doing a report, they make sure of their facts. The problem is that they may get so caught up in the details that they confuse themselves. Parents can help by teaching them how to concentrate on the whole rather than the sum of the parts.
Mutable Sign Children - Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces:
If your child is a mutable sign they can go either way. Often they tend to follow the lead of a cardinal or fixed friend - and sometimes have a hard time developing a method and a rhythm that's all their own. On the plus side, they can tailor their work in a way that they know will please the teacher. Parents need to study their children's work carefully and to glean indications of the child's own style - and then encourage their mutable child to develop it.