It is normal for children to have concerns about starting school. Whether they are starting school for the first time, returning to school or going to a new school altogether, here are some general tips you can use to deal with back-to-school worries.
Encourage your child to share his or her fears. During the first few weeks of school, set up a regular time and place to talk to your child and ask them how things are going.
Role-play and coach
Role-playing certain situations can also help them make a plan, instill calm and build confidence. Coach your child on how to cope with both real and imagined situations. This will give your child the tools he or she needs to cope with an unexpected situation that might arise.
Check your own behavior
Children take cues from their parents, so the more confidence and comfort you can model, the more likely your child will be at ease. Be supportive yet firm—skipping school is not the answer. In most cases, your child is anxious about something that requires some problem-solving, role-playing, planning and/or involvement from the teacher.
If you feel the anxiety is more deep-rooted than normal and/or there are other triggers at play, please make an appointment to meet with the behavior specialist.