Anxious feelings are normal during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten. To help your child deal with back-to-school worries, it’s important to recognize the signs of anxiety and understand common fears.
Signs of Anxiety
- Attitude of indifference about school
- Not enthusiastic about school shopping or talking about school
- Trouble falling asleep
- Sudden physical complaints on the morning of the first school day, such as a stomachache or headache
- Being separated from parents
- Fear that something bad may happen to their parents while they are in school
- Scary teachers and/or janitors
- Mean kids
- Spooky bathrooms
Preparing Your Child for Their First Day
- Separate from and reunite with your child
- Take a car ride to school
- Walk through the campus, including the bathroom, before school starts
- Ask your child's teacher for an autographed picture
- Arrange a brief welcome-to-school phone call from the teacher
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