Tips to Tackle 'Back to School' Anxiety

New sneakers, freshly sharpened pencils and lunch money.

It's not here yet...but, it's coming.

The first day of school.

This important yearly event is no doubt exciting yet it can also cause extreme nerves in some kids.  Parents can start prepping their kids for The Big Day with this advice is from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school.  She'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your student can walk to school or ride on the bus.
  • If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day.
  • If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.

 

- See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx#sthash.MDH5w5xe.dpuf

 MAKING THE FIRST DAY EASIER

*Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

*Point out the positive aspects of starting school.  She'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.

*Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your student can walk to school or ride on the bus.

*If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day.

*If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.

This link also includes safety tips about wearing backpacks, taking the bus and walking to school.

Are your kids especially anxious about returning to the classroom?

How do you help them?

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