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August 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am

Coping with Back-to-School Jitters


Everybody remembers their very first day of school. While some of us may have been excited and walked right into the building without fear, a lot of us probably remember being afraid and not wanting to be left with a strange adult for the day. The first day of school doesn’t have to be scary for your first-time student. There are lots of ways to make your child feel at ease about taking this next gigantic step in his or her life.

First, try to get a tour of the school before the year begins. Show your child where he will be having classes, eating lunch, doing art projects, and where the bathrooms are. If at all possible, it may help to meet the teachers so that on the first day of school, your child will already know what they look like and what they are like.

Talk to your child about what school will be like. They will need to pay attention and listen to their teacher, but they will make friends and learn a lot of new things that they can tell you all about when you pick them up.

Your child may be clingy the first couple of days and want you to walk them into the building.  If the school allows this, then accommodate your child as he adapts to his new surroundings.  It might take a few days, but soon he will be able to say goodbye to you and walk in by himself.

School jitters don’t only affect the younger children. Even veteran students can experience anxiety over a new year and an unfamiliar curriculum. It’s important to be supportive, encourage them to simply do their best, and remind them of their successes in previous school years.

How have you helped your child cope with back-to-school jitters?

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