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How do you help prevent back to school anxiety

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Jul. 15, 2010 in

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  • Depends on the age of the child. A lot of prep work with books and things like that. With reassuring. Let them pick out thier clothes and back pack if old enough. Go meet new teacher ahead of time. And spend lots of quality time together. Good luck.

    Answer by maggiebella25 at 11:15 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Well, something we do every year is, the last day of school, we have backwards lunch. The kids pick the restaurant, and we go and order the most ridiculous, outrageous desserts on the menu. Then, if we have room later, we will have a small meal. We do it to kick off summer - BUT - we also talk about the past school year.

    We talk about the highlights (and the bad stuff) that happened, and we talk about what they expected from that year, and how it was like what they expected and how it wasn't. And we touch on how nervous they were at the beginning, and how it wasn't as bad as they thought, etc.

    We had these conversations more when they were little, but we still talk about the year that's just ended. Looking back on their worries and how unfounded they were helps them keep them in perspective, and it helps when they start getting nervous about the new school year.

    Maybe you could try that sort of convo. gl!

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 11:17 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • We focus on the positives of going back to school. I've never really had a problem with it, but if we did, that's what I'd do.

    Answer by Pnukey at 12:03 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • I guess it really depends on the age.... my son will be STARTING school for the first time ever (Pre-K) and we plan on getting him familiar with the area before leaving him on his own. Discussing a schedual with an older child may be beneficial as well, and making sure that they are prepared with all their school supplies.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 6:21 PM on Jul. 18, 2010

  • While I filled out the paperwork at our middle school, the older kids took the new 6th graders around the school to show them where things were. It helped the new kids feel connected.

    Answer by CometGirl at 9:14 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

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