Well, something we do every year is, the last day of school, we have backwards lunch. The kids pick the restaurant, and we go and order the most ridiculous, outrageous desserts on the menu. Then, if we have room later, we will have a small meal. We do it to kick off summer - BUT - we also talk about the past school year.
We talk about the highlights (and the bad stuff) that happened, and we talk about what they expected from that year, and how it was like what they expected and how it wasn't. And we touch on how nervous they were at the beginning, and how it wasn't as bad as they thought, etc.
We had these conversations more when they were little, but we still talk about the year that's just ended. Looking back on their worries and how unfounded they were helps them keep them in perspective, and it helps when they start getting nervous about the new school year.
Maybe you could try that sort of convo. gl!
at 11:17 AM on Jul. 15, 2010