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How to Help a Kid With Back-to-School Jitters Get Ready for the Year

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

It is not uncommon for children to anticipate the beginning of the school year. For some, this anticipation is positive and translates into excitement. For others, the anticipation leads to high doses of anxiety and fear.

You may find out your child is afraid not to know anyone in his or her classroom. If you know anyone who will be in their class, you may be able to remind them of that. But if you’re new to the area and know that they won’t know anyone, don’t fret! The key here is to remain positive.

You may also find out your child is worried about getting bullied. Or not knowing where their classes will be. Or what their teacher’s name is. Whatever the case may be, first validate your child’s feelings (dismissing their anxiety, saying something like “Oh come on, it’s not a big deal,” won’t help). Then, address the fear realistically and in a positive way.

Some children have a more difficult time with change than others. Considering how big of a transition the back-to-school period is, it is absolutely crucial to help prepare your child.

Here are a few tips:

1) If your summer routine was different, go back to the school-year routine a few days to a few weeks in advance. If you don’t have a set routine, now is a good time to establish one.

2) Check with your child’s school if it’s possible to come and visit his/her class before the first day of school. This way, your child may be able to meet his teacher, and see where the classroom, washrooms, and lockers are.

3) For children with very important difficulties in transitions, it may be necessary to do a few practice runs of getting ready in the morning, including putting on the school uniform (if applicable) and walking/driving to school.

4) No matter how hard it is to get your child to school, don’t give up (and get professional help if needed). School refusal can quickly become a large and difficult to tackle issue.

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