Easing Back-to-School Anxiety

When it comes to the first day of school, kids — and parents — may be excited and a bit nervous. Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten.

This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, have trouble sleeping, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw and become sullen or irritable.

Here are some tips for helping ease the stress of a new school year and starting on a positive note:

  • Re-assure your child
  • Point out the positives
  • Prepare ahead and start a routine
  • Encourage safe traveling to and from school
  • Plan for special needs
  • Make your child feel comfortable
  • Prepare for emergency situation

Read more at www.capta.org/tips-for-parents.

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