5 Ways to Beat Back-to-School Worries
Starting school can be exciting but it can also be scary for some children.
Maybe they're starting a brand-new school or going back after the summer to a new teacher. This year, of course, there are extra health worries too.
How can you help your child feel less anxious about going to school? Here are 5 tips to help them feel more relaxed.
1. Plan a visit to the school with your child
The fear of the unknown can be daunting, so if possible, plan a visit to the school with your child.
You might want to take photos of the building and the teachers they'll be working with, helping your child to become familiar with the new environment.
It can also be helpful to offer a reminder that your child will get to meet new friends and play fun games and activities.
2. Listen to their worries and concerns
A problem shared is a problem halved, and it helps them to feel validated too.
Was there a time in the past where they felt anxious and it turned out well?
It may be comforting to discuss the coping mechanisms they used that time and how they could use them here too.
3. Make a checklist together
Make a checklist of the items they'll need and what to get ready before school goes back.
Ticking off each item together can build excitement and help them feel more prepared.
4. Plan fun weekend activities with them
Assure them that when the holidays stop, the fun doesn't have to!
5. Encourage calming activities
Some great ways to unwind could include going for a walk, listening to music, painting, drawing or colouring-in, writing in a journal, watching a favourite film or reading a favourite book.
- You can find more guidance for helping children
with anxiety on the Young Minds website.