Helping Your Kids With the Back-to-School Anxiety

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – With the swipe of a bank card and the ringing of a cash register, back-to-school shopping is checked off the to-do lists of many parents.

Besides kids who are excited about wearing their brand new shoes and clothes and seeing their friends again, there are some kids who might feel a little anxious.

The thought of going back to school can be overwhelming for some kids for a number of reasons.

Lisa Rice, a mental health counselor at Warren County Public Schools, spoke to Kelly Austin on Monday about helping our kids go to school with less anxiety.

She advises, “As a parent, take your own temperature. Be careful not to pass your fear on to your children. You want to pass on trust. Listen to their feelings. Affirm their feelings. ‘I know it’s hard.’ Don’t ignore their feelings, but remind them that they probably felt this way last year and the year before.What helped them overcome their fear before?”

Other suggestions include:

  • Normalize their feelings
  • Do some practice runs
  • Go to your school’s open house, if you can’t, drop by the school to ask questions, find out who their teacher is, etc.
  • Talk to someone from your school about it. Talk to your student’s teacher or dean to let them know your concerns so they can be informed and develop a plan to address them.

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