Simple Tips to Prevent Back-to-School Anxiety
Simple Tips to Prevent Back-to-School Anxiety

Tips for a Stress-free Start to the New School Yearback-to-school tips to prevent anxiety

Preparation can Prevent Back-to-School Anxiety

  • Shop for school supplies early allowing the kids to make choices.
  • Begin an early bedtime and daily routine a few weeks before school begins.

 

Be Aware and Acknowledge Your Child's Concerns

  • Take time to listen to your child about any concerns or excitement related to the new school year.
  • Remember that meeting new teachers and being in new classrooms may elicit some initial anxiety.
  • Explore ways to make the transition positive.

 

Do a Trial Run:

  • Visit the building and show them where they’ll be dropped off and picked up each day.
  • Meet with the teacher and see the classroom ahead of time.
  • Share the daily schedule in advance, when possible.

 

Create a Good-bye Routine to Reduce Seperation Anxiety

  • Good-bye routines are comforting to children and help them understand and prepare for what will happen next.
  • For young children:
    • Give your child a kiss on the palm to “hold” all day long (A great book for this is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn).
    • Sing a special song together before they go to school.
    • Give your child a card or small item (teddy bear, label, pin or picture of family) that they can take with them the first day of school.

 

Be an Advocate for Your Child:

  • If you see your child struggling , communicate with his or her teacher and develop a plan together.
  • Help your child set limits with extracurricular activities. Sometimes children can get over scheduled, creating extra demands for the whole family.
  • Everyone in the family needs to practice balance in their lives. When parents can model this it sets a good example.

 

Create Homework Strategies:

  • Develop a plan with your child so they know when to focus on homework and assignments.
  • Give positive feedback.
  • Keep in touch with teachers.

 

Cherish Family Meal Time:

  • Research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse shows children are less likely to smoke, drink or do drugs when they regularly eat meals with their family.
  • During meal time, turn off the TV and all electronic devices and have everyone share about their day. Some good questions are:
    • Tell me three things you liked about your day
    • Tell me three things you didn’t like about your day

 

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