It’s August! How did that happen? Yesterday, while grocery shopping, I saw a display for Halloween. OK, it is seriously too early to purchase Halloween candy. BUT.. what is right around the corner-and in some cases next week, is the summer to back-to-school transition which may be accompanied by 1st day of school anxiety.
Sleepless nights, irritability, nauseous feeling, and tears may have taken residence in your home. These are all typical anxious responses to first day of school. (I’m referring to the children in this article, although moms have been known to have similar symptoms !)
Fears and firsts tend to go together.
Common back-to-school first day fears for little kids include: separation from parents, riding the bus, getting lost in “that big building”, afraid the teacher will be mean and they won’t make friends.
Common back-to-school first day fears for older kids include: fitting in, safety, class difficulty, homework, and eating lunch alone.
We can assist our kiddos in making that first day adjustment while building confidence in their ability to handle the new situation.
Here are 7 ways to fight the back-to-school anxiety as you encourage and prepare littles to teens for the school year:
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