The days 'til school are few and kids are already thinking about the new year. When we walk into Target and see school supplies in July it can start to resurface any anxiety that they may already have about school. With a few tips we can support our kids as they go back to school. This Daily Dose article from Atrium Health Levine Children’s gives parents some tips to support their children.
How to Help Ease School Anxiety
“School anxiety or nervousness is very common among my patients,” says Dr. Chpryelle Carr, pediatrician at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Rea Village Pediatrics. “The most important thing parents can do is to acknowledge the fear. Ignoring anxiety or stress related to school can often make their feelings worse.”
- Look for things that your child is interested in. If your child is a budding artist, for example, talk with your child about fun art projects you think they will do at school. Discussing any concerns with their teacher or school can also help ease nervousness. See if you can meet the art teacher or visit the art room in your child’s school before school starts.
- Discuss what your kids are nervous about and ways to work through it. If it’s getting on the bus, for example, go over the bus route and walk to the bus stop before school starts to help your child become familiar and comfortable. Being there during the initial encounter can help alleviate some anxiety when they face situations alone.
- Let your child know they are not alone with their feelings. “I encourage parents to discuss their own school anxiety with their children and ways they worked through it,” says Carr. Your pediatrician is another great resource. They often have recommendations on books, groups and articles that can be helpful for parents and children.
At the end of the day, acknowledging and easing any anxiety can make the school experience enjoyable for all. Read this article for more ways to help ease back-to-school jitters.
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