As the new school year kicks off, you may find that your children are having some anxiety about starting school. While this is completely normal, it does not make it any easier to watch. To help your children manage any back to school anxiety, keep these tips in mind.
Eliminate some “unknowns” – encourage your children to ask any questions or voice any concerns that they have about school. The more answers that they have, the easier time they will have transitioning into the new school year. Sharing experiences from your own school days may also help them feel better about school.
Ease social anxiety – for children 7 years old and younger, one of the main fears that they have is who they will play with at recess and lunch. If your kids haven’t been able to see any friends from their class last year, invite them over for an end of summer party. Getting them re-acquainted with each other can help them get excited for school to start. If your child was bullied last year, talk to them about how they can stop the bullying, including talking to their teacher.
Get them excited – some of the time, anxiety about the new school year comes from a lack of excitement. Talk to your child about what they are looking forward to during the school year. If there is an itinerary posted about what your child will be doing throughout the year, remind them of special events that they have to enjoy at school, such as a science fair or field trips.
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