Can you believe July is almost over and it is already time to plan for back to school shopping? This is also a great time to start worrying about the back to school anxiety that some children experience. Some children may feel anxious about going back to school after a long summer break or others may be nervous about starting school for the first time.
Here’s some tips to ease back to school anxiety:
Tip 1: Organize your home for back to school. For example, you can create a comfortable homework area to make them feel more in control and relieve some of their anxious feelings.
Tip 2: Help your child feel more comfortable about his new school environment and routines. For example, plan to take your children to visit the school and talk about the basics teachers name, room number, lunch time, recess, etc.
Tip 3: Highlight the things that make school great. For example, making new friends, scheduling playdates, getting new school supplies and clothes.
Tip 4: Arrange some playdates. Help your children reconnect with old friends or make new ones before school starts by arranging some playdates.
Tip 5: Try to be home more during back to school time. Spend some time talking your children about their school day and answer any questions that they may have.
Tip 6: Make sure your children gets enough sleep and eats a balanced diet. Getting adequate sleep and eating a healthy diet is important for brain function, mood, and the ability to focus and pay attention during school hours.
Remember, back to school anxiety is normal and understandable. Try to remind yourself that any anxiety your children may be feeling is only temporary. Before you know it, your family will be back in the groove and planning for a successful school year.