The Only Magic that Works

One Parent’s Spell for Sending Kids Back to School

“So Grade 1 starts on Tuesday, huh?”

“Yes. Will it be harder than kindergarten?”

“You’ll learn different things, and the teacher will expect you to do and finish your work. So, yes, it will probably be a little bit harder.”


“What are you thinking about?”

“I’m worried I won’t be able to do it.”

“Hm. Well, let me tell you a secret.”

“A secret!”

“Yes. I’m going to teach you a magic spell.”

“A REAL magic spell?”



“I want you to listen carefully, because this is a secret spell. And it’s the only magic I know that works.”


“So this is a spell you cast with your brain.
A teacher taught it to me, but I was much older than you when I learned it.
If you believe your new school will be fun and good, chances are it will be.
If you believe your new school will be hard or scary, chances are it will be.”

<eyes are the size of toonies>

“I can cast this spell with my brain?”

“Yes. It’s the only magic you will ever need.”

<thoughtful silence as these implications are considered>

A week later, I listened as my Grade 1 student told the story of the magic spell to a younger sibling on their way to a new daycare.

“ . . . and it’s the only magic that works. If you believe your new daycare will be fun and good, it will be . . .”

Pass it on.

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