Lower your children’s anxiety as they begin the new school year.

By Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.. She is a psychoanalyst and author of Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior

It’s back to school season and whether your children start or return to school, they often need some adjustments. As parents, we can do a lot to help this process go fairly smoothly by responding quickly to help our children overcome their concerns.

Here are some tips Dr. Laurie shared,

  1. Let your child know they are not alone in having some butterflies about beginning the new year.
  2. Whatever bothered them the year before, they are probably concerned will happen again. Ask them about this and reassure them that you will be there to help things go smoother this year.
  3. Discuss with them the disposition of a teacher that they prefer. If they discover the teacher is stricter or less organized than they prefer, help them adapt to this new adult by discussing how to cope with what concerns them about this particular teacher’s personality.
  4. Begin right away to set up a routine for where and when to do homework. Be available to support their new learning by offering to help guide them on their new assignments.
  5. Presumably there will be more work at a quicker pace than the year before. Let them know you are aware of that and admire them for taking up the new challenges of the new grade.

 

 

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