Soothing Anxiety: 3 Ways to Ease Back-to-School Anxieties
Going back to school may seem like a scary adventure to some children. Even if a child had a great time at school previously, they may still feel anxious about going back to school and how the first day of school may feel like or play out. This might prevent some children from being excited about going back to school. Here are 3 ways that parents can help soothe fears and anxieties.
Focus on the Positives of Going Back to School
As soon as parents notice that their children are anxious about going back to school, they should sit down and have a frank discussion with them. Ask them about the underlying reasons why they might be feeling anxious. Now is also a good time to start discussing all of the positives involved with going back to school. For example, they might be able to see their friends more.
Talk about all of the positive experiences that they had the year before. It’s generally best to avoid any negative experiences that may have happened. The goal is to instil as many happy thoughts as possible about the first day of school.
Roleplay to Build Expectations and to Come Up with Possible Scenarios
Most anxieties come from social anxieties. Many children might feel anxious about meeting other classmates that they don’t know yet. In these situations, parents should highly consider roleplaying with their children. This help their children play out how they should respond in different scenarios and situations. It also gives them a good idea of what to expect from the children’s learning center.
Managing expectations is key here. Give the children a good idea of what to expect. This includes going through the daily schedule to give them an idea of the different types of courses that they will be taking.
Improve One’s Own Behavior
Often times, children pick up on their parents’ behaviors. Parents who are feeling anxious might cause their children to feel the same. It’s important for parents to be confident themselves. Parents should watch their behaviors and actions. They should avoid looking or acting too glum, and to stay upbeat and positive.
Parents who tend to look forward to the first day of school and hype it up will usually get their children to feel the same. Although some parents may feel anxious after knowing that their children is feeling that way, it’s important not to show it.
Going back to school doesn’t necessarily have to be scary for children. Parents who prep their kids ahead of time and sit down and discuss concerns with them can help ease their children’s fears and anxieties.