The first day of school brings many things. Hope, excitement and the opportunity to experience new things.
However, if your child is anxious, it can bring a family to a halt. The fears that come with the start of something new may seem unfounded to those outside of the family who have not experienced a child with anxiety.
“The bus number is different on the way to and from school!”
“What if I don’t remember my lunch number?”
“What if I don’t have any friends in my class?”
“Where will I sit at lunch?”
Many kids can muddle through worries like these and wouldn’t know that for others it is breaking their day, breaking their spirit and turning them away from school.
As a parent we want our kids to feel happy and safe at school.
Let your child know that their worries are common. It is crucial that you do not let them stay home from school due to these worries as that can only reinforce their fears in the the long run.
What can you do to help?
Role-play and come up with plans with them.
Draw their attention to the positives.
Encourage them to share their fears with you.
Listen to them and let them know you care.
And most importantly… be there for them.
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