Back-to-school is just around the corner and with it come the usual school jitters. While it's quite common for kids to feel some degree of back-to-school anxiety after a long summer break, there are things that parents and other caring adults can do to make the transition easier.
Talking with your kids about their fears is an important first step, as is validating their feelings as normal. The overriding reason kids feel anxious are the many unknowns like a new school, new teacher... Familiarity is the best counter measure for the unknowns.
If your child is anxious about the new school, consider visits or even a picnic on the playground. Check also if the new school has an open house prior to the first day of classes and perhaps meet the new teacher.
If your child is anxious about not having any friends to play with, check out other kids in the neighbourhood who may attend the same school and organize a back-to-school party.
Try to be home more during back-to-school time and take your child shopping for fun new school supplies. Make sure your kid gets enough sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before dashing off to school. And, yes keep an eye on your child's anxiety. It should clear up within the first month, if not talk to your child's teacher, school counsellor or your family doctor.
For more ideas on how to ease school anxiety check out the following resources... School jitters... tips and more Talking to your kids about: Those first day jitters